Today I am taking part in a blog hop that
Brenda at BYG Adventures hosts.
In this hop she asks us to
This week we are to ponder the word watch.
So, here I go a pondering.
I have thought about this before so it isn’t a new pondering.
Why are watches called watches?
Shouldn’t they be called little clocks? Or portable clocks?
When I went to Wikipedia to find out about watches I learned they are “watches”:
1) from an Old English word “woecce” that means watchman.
2) sailors called them watches because they used them to
keep track of the time of their “watches”.
Okay, I guess those explanations make some sense.
But why are pocket watches called pocket watches?
Why aren’t they pocket clocks?
And why are wrist watches called wrist watches?
Seems to me they should be called wrist clocks.
Now that wrist watches can do everything imaginable I think they should be called
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.
I think this year was my fourth doing the A-to-Z Challenge.
The first two years were more of a challenge because I did not have a theme.
From now on there will be a theme! So much easier.
Having a theme, this year ” There was a little girl who”, gives a focus to what I write.
In the first two years without some starting point or focus I spent a lot of time just trying to come up with something to write about.
I think my posts weren’t as good.
I did visit a little over 200 blogs on the list but did not read the whole post on many
and only commented on a few. Posts that were loooong I passed over because of time.
This is not unusual for me…I rarely read any post over 500 words. There just isn’t enough time. As for commenting, again the time thing and then sometimes I just didn’t have anything to say.
Of the blogs I read most were very good. I am impressed with bloggers!
Some seemed to have nothing to do with A to Z. Those I simply skipped over.
I did find some blogs I bookmarked and I will go back and visit a while to decide if I will follow. I do not subscribe to the “I follow you so you follow me rule”. I don’t expect blogs I follow to follow me and those who follow me shouldn’t expect me to follow them. Once again the time thing…I follow many blogs and there are only so many hours to spend on the computer and still have a life.
I don’t have any suggestions for y’all.
What you are doing you are doing very well.
Thanks to everyone on the A-to-Z Challenge team! What a lot of work…and that time thing! I appreciate the work you do for this hop. It is a great way to see blogs I would never see without the list. It is a challenge and it is a fun challenge!
In the back of my ditzy mind I am already thinking about 2015.
All summer she heard about what fun school was
and all the wonderful things she would learn and do.
Then the big day was here.
First day of school…ever.
Right from the first day the little girl knew
this was one of those things that adults
don’t tell the whole truth about.
They don’t lie but they make it seem something
other than what it really is.
1) you have to get up early… really this isn’t a good thing
2) you have to hurry…no lolligagging…but
rushing is not how mornings are meant to be
Then once at school the “not quite the truth” continues
3) you have to sit where the teacher wants you to…even if it isn’t by a window
4) you have to stay in your seat… but sometimes you just need to wander around
5) you have to listen even when the lesson is boring…and it is often boring
6) you can’t talk unless you raise your hand first and
then you can only talk about the “subject”…even if you have something great to say
7) you have to stay until the teacher says you can go,..that is nonsense,
maybe there is something interesting happening in the hall or outside…
you can’t even go to the bathroom without “permission”
And the really horrible thing is
8) you have to go to school whether you want to or not…unless you are sick…
you know sometimes you need a day off just because
And the most horrible terrible awful unbelievable of all
9) there is, counting kindergarten, at least 13 years of this.
School was okay.
There were fun new things everyday.
And there was so much to learn.
It was exciting!
But still there was that “you have to go to school everyday” rule.
The little girl realized why schools have fences around them.
They are prisons.