Because these two pages are in a different format, it is certain that the following nursery rhymes are not from our book Joyous Times. Nevertheless, I will reproduce them here. I don’t think I’ve heard the full version of the first one, and I definitely have never heard the second one. The third is one I … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 18 : Three Nursery Rhymes
This story is special. It’s not only special because it is sweet, and about the innocence of good children, or that a tiny kindness can do so much. It’s not just special because it is seasonal, (it takes place during Christmas) although I LOVE old children’s stories about Christmas. It’s special because I didn’t have … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 12: The Great Secret and Who is the Thief?
Summer will soon be over. Sad, I know! Here is another poem pertaining to the field. It seems like a simple, quiet life, doesn’t it? Autumn Days Autumn Days are pleasant: When the men are reaping; When the air is still and mild, And the clouds seem sleeping. Then we happy children All run out … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 11: Autumn Days and How Tom Will Not Scratch Baby
I love these little stories and poems. They weren’t watered down and censored like so many children’s stories today. I mean, what poem written for kids today tells us the Uncle will shoot the crows? What seems like animal cruelty today was just necessity of a farmer’s life. The Crow Crow, crow, though you wear … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 10 – The Crow and How a Dog Took in 'The Times'
The following story has a little history in it. I find it quite interesting that the illustration was used. It also makes a good example on how inquisitive children are! They will ask so many questions that they are so far from the original subject by the end! Can Kites Be Made of Use? George … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 9 – Can Kites Be Made of Use and Four Years Old
Shun Bad Company is a story we can all take to heart, regardless how old we are. We might not see it at first, but some people are just best to cut out of your life, no matter how hard that might be. Shun Bad Company Poor Charley is sad; and what ails the lad? … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 8 – Shun Bad Company and Holding the Skein
Today’s first story is a teaching story. It tells a story of two men who encountered a bear. It’s kind of humorous. The Two Travellers “Did you ever see a bear? Do not all speak at once, but let those boys and girls who have seen a bear all hold up their hands.” This is … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 7 – The Two Travellers and Brownie’s Kittens
I’m not really sure of the point of this story. To teach children that life can be cruel? Maybe it is to remind the parent to be attentive. Nonetheless, I post this oddity. The Story of Little Benjamin How He Began Life.–His Sad Fate. Once there was a little chicken; and he woke up one … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 6 – The Story of Little Benjamin and Watching by the Cradle
You can almost hear the rain on the window, reading this poem. Can you smell the mixture of fresh rain and dirt? Can you picture the three of them snug in front of the fireplace? I can! The Rain Drip, drip, drop, That is the song of the rain: When will it ever stop, And the … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 5 – The Rain and Mary and the Birds
Here is a kind of children’s poem you don’t see nowadays. It’s a sweet prayer, and I think it should be used again! I’m glad to be able to share the things I love with the world so others may enjoy them, also. Nora’s Hymn Keep me, Lord, from harm secure; Keep me watchful, keep … Continue reading Joyous Times Day 4 – Nora's Hymn and The Two Cakes