Ring-a round the rosie
A pocket full of posies
We all fall down.
I remember singing this rhyme, whirling around and falling down.
In kindergarten and first grade it was great fun on the playground.
I learned that it was a rhyme that referred to plagues in the middle ages.
It was said that there was a rosy rash, sneezing, and coughing with the plague.
People carried posies of herbs in their pockets to ward off the disease and the smell.
“All fall down” is what people did when they got the plague and died.
Ashes to ashes alluded to cremation of the bodies.
This is what I learned but it seems I learned wrong.
Today, most folklore experts say it’s all hooey.
I don’t care.
I like the explanation I was taught and I’m sticking with it.
Josie’s prompts this week are refuge and ring.