My first little girl and I spent many an hour pacing the kitchen floor late in the night when she was but a baby in my attempts to woo her back to sleep.
A favourite song that could be heard at that hour was ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’.
Now it seems I have been denying her the full rhyming song!
While spending the weekend with my folks and the girls we have been reading the odd nursery rhyme from a book of traditional rhymes. It seems that rather than the repeated first verse that daddy has been monging over and over and over (and yes over) again… there is in fact another four verses to boot!
So now my second little girl has the chance to learn the full rhyme. For those in a similar naive position here is the full un-abridged version…
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
So there you have it the full rhyme. Wonder how long it will take me to learn all the new verses… probably not too long I suspect with all the opportunities to practise!
Through sharing with my girls and passing on the rhymes I loved as a little boy I, as well as the girls, benefit in many ways. What can you be doing to help others as well as yourself… the little things really do count!