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Thursday, June 25, 2009


Posting this a bit early b/c we've got work to do tomorrow. 

That's Old Book Quote of the Day (OBQD). Today's quote is for the younger set (or is it?):

Birch and green holly, boys,

Birch and green holly.

If you get beaten, boys,

'Twill be your own folly.

Andrew M. Lang, ed.

(The Nursery Rhyme Book, 1897)

Not your mother's who had you when she was 17. Not your absent father's. Not your under-funded school district's. Not McDonald's, KFC's, Pepsi's, Lay's, or Snicker's. Not the Devil's. Not your attention deficit disorder's. Not the stress of homework's, peer pressure's, or great expectation's. Not the heat's. Not the cold's. Not poverty's. Not wealth's.  

If you get beaten boys,

'Twill be your own folly.

And certainly not mine!


[fol-ee]  Show IPA
–noun, plural -lies for 2–6.
1.the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
2.a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity: the folly of performing without a rehearsal.
3.a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.
4.Architecturea whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found esp. in England in the 18th century.
5.follies, a theatrical revue.
6.Obsoletewickedness; wantonness.

Let me emphasize: this was a nursery rhyme. What were they teaching kids back then??

Oh wait... . Could it be taking responsibility for the consequences of one's action? How old fashioned can you get? Geeze. 

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