Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Childhood Memories

Today I thought I would share my favorite childhood nursery rhyme / bedtime story with you all. My mom used to read this to me when I was young and I found it so magical and mystical. I used to want to join the trio and see the sights! Interestingly enough, Darby and I both loved this story and at an auction we found a vintage cut-out wall hanging (which I have pictured here) of the 3 protagonists of the story:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (by Eugene Field; 1850-1895)

"Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night sailed off in a wooden shoe - sailed on a river of crystal light, into a sea of dew. 'Where are you going, and what do you wish?' the old moon asked the three. 'We have come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea; Nets of silver and gold have we!' Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
The old moon laughed and sang a song, as they rocked in the silver shoe, and the wind that sped them all night long ruffled the waves of dew. The little stars were the herring fish that lived in that beautiful sea - 'Now cast your nets wherever you wish - Never afeard are we'; so cried the stars to the fisherman three: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
All night long their nets they threw to the stars in the twinkling foam - Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe, bringing the fishermen home; 'Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed as if it could not be, and some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed of sailing that beautiful sea - But I shall name you the fishermen three: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes, and Nod is a little head, and the wooden shoe that sailed the skies is the wee one's trundle-bed. So shut your eyes while mother sings of wonderful sights that be, and you shall see the beautiful things as you rock in the misty sea, where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod".

2 comments:

Stacey said...

What wonderful new posts... I've been so MIA that I'm just now reading the corner window as well as your latest... I love the picture of the lioness(?)...
Hope you are OK today. Thinking of you much...

Vee Vee said...

This is the best blog I have ever read! i especially love the pics of cameron!
Vee