Happy nearly Halloween, if you celebrate that sort of thing!
In honor of the occasion, I present to you this pumpkin cat, and a few of my favorite creepy, local lullabies.
Think of the children’s song Ring Around the Rosie; you may envision happy, giggly children spinning faster and faster in a circle, singing the lyrics until they’re flung to the ground. I remember playing it with friends at school, along with London Bridge, and Red Rover. If you sang those same rhymes as a child, you may also know that folklorists argue about their origins. I’m not sure what all the theories for Ring Around the Rosie are are, the (fairly conclusively disproved) one I remember is the plague. I really, really hate the plague. I’m certain it’s out to get me.
A ring of rosies: Rash, a symptom of the plague
Pockets of posies: Said to be a herbalist cure, prevent breathing in the plague by blocking it with sweet smelling flowers
Ashes: Burn the contaminated bodies
We all fall down: Let’s be realistic, we’re all going to die from the plague anyway