After Tuesday's blog post about family travel games and hot on the heels of Sunday's post about poetry, one of Everyday Life On A Shoestring's subscribers emailed to suggest teaching my children the song, 'I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly'. What a brilliant idea! (Especially as we are travelling by car not train this time!) It will take a good chunk of the journey time to remind ourselves of the lyrics and sing it all the way through, and will give Dyslexic Daughter's troublesome short term memory a good work out. If we want to, we can get creative with the lyrics (like Statler and Waldorf in the Muppet version below..."But I swallowed my gum! How very dumb to swallow your gum!")
We love a good old sing song, and although the kids have varied musical tastes these days, from Jessie J to Nirvana, with everything from The Beatles, Green Day and One Direction falling somewhere in between, there will always be a place in our hearts for favourite nursery rhymes such as 'I Know An Old Lady'! I defy anyone, adult or child, not to have a smile on their face after watching Judy Collins singing it on the Muppet Show in 1977!