Chubby Cheeks, dimple chin Rosy lips, teeth within Curly hair very fair Eyes are blue, lovely too mummy's pet, “is that you”.
So goes the nursery rhyme as we children learnt in school but now I think it needs a slight modification. Hitherto the question was directed to the toddler, the youngest among three or four children and the beaming child rushed to its mother who would gather the young thing in her arms for a tight embrace. With the changing times and probably for economic reasons, couples began limiting their families, opting to have just two or even a single child. More often than not we would find even the well to do preferring to have an only child, notwithstanding the fact that an only child is also a lonely child.
Now, coming to the nursery rhyme, I feel the ‘you’ is undergoing a paradigm shift as it is being replaced with something more precious. Along with this he/she has even grown greatly in stature in the family, also has a friend for company! Thanks to the thoughtfulness of the ‘parent’.
Thanks also to the Pet shops which are mushrooming in the city to cater to all the pet/s needs.
Therefore in the prevailing scenario, inkeeping with the marching times the last stanzas of the nursery rhyme should read ‘mummy’s pets, are they you two?’
n.meera raghavendra rao