Monday, 29 December 2014

Whether we like it or not


Whether the weather  be fine,

Or whether the weather  be not,

Whether the weather  be cold, 

Or whether the weather  be hot, 

We'll weather the weather, 

Whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.
It is almost the end of the year and the weather is fine. Yesterday I overheated and today it rains. I like that inclemency of weather. Whether the weather is cold or whether the weather is hot, I will weather the weather whatever the weather whether I like it or not. There are many versions of that little nursery rhyme and I appreciate it for helping me learn the difference between wethers er whethers um weathers, whether I like it or not. The problem with this rhyme is it does not address wether a goat or sheep has been relieved of its maleness
This website is a good one for answering the weather dilemma   Whether the weather wether 
although it is American so expect a lot of missing u's and z's where an s should be. 

Nursery Rhymes
Nursery Rhymes need to be updated. There are many little rhymes about weather which were used to teach children about the world around them. Nursery rhymes are fabulous tools for parents and caregivers who use easy to remember and easily repeatable songs and chants to help their children learn their native tongue but many rhymes we still use are hundreds of years out of date.
This one for example
Blow wind Blow
Nursery rhymes dot org

Blow wind, blow
And go, mill, go
That the miller may grind his corn
That the baker may take it
And into bread make it
And bring us a loaf in the morn.


We don't use wind mills anymore for grinding our bread so how could we update this? If it is to be about weather then the focus needs to be on something more contemporary such as wind generators.
Blow wind, blow
and go, blades, go (generator does not fit the rhyme pattern)
That the power will flow
to the grid and transform
and bright will glow
all the lights until morn.

 or if the rhyme were to be about bread making then the whole focus needs to shift.
the link between wind and bread is no longer relevant to today's children.
Whether we like it or not.