Richard Daybell – Novels, stories and short humor
I was thinking about Little Bo Peep recently. Weren’t you? Little Bo Peep is rather an odd name for a young girl. I can’t think of anyone I’ve ever met with the name Bo Peep. Of course, I can’t
think of any other names that rhyme with sheep either (maybe she should have run geese). It also struck me that the rhyme could have been a little more precise. Wouldn’t it have been better to say she misplaced her sheep? Lost her sheep is a little vague. Yes, it could mean she misplaced them, but it could also mean she lost them in a poker game (although in this case, she might very well know where to find them). Digging deeper into the deficiencies of this nursery rhyme, I recalled a recording from way, way back (I was ten). Perhaps it was all the political noise of the last several months that made me think of this particular record, for it does have the sound of a stump speech. Old farts may enjoy it. For everyone else, it may provide a snappy comeback for when one some old fart says how much better records were back in the day.
Or maybe Bo Peep should run badgers.