Thursday, December 19, 2019

What Were You Made Of?

Among the books I owned as a child was a volume of nursery rhymes. That book included the following verse.

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

What are little boys made of? 
What are little boys made of? 
Frogs and snails, 
And puppy-dogs' tails; 
That's what little boys are made of. 

What are little girls made of? 
What are little girls made of? 
Sugar and spice, 
And all that's nice; 
That's what little girls are made of.

As a child, I found frogs and snails repugnant and I was afraid of dogs. On  the other hand, I loved sugar and spice. Also, I preferred things that were nice versus things that were not so nice, which often seemed to be preferred by my male contemporaries.

I was a little girl, but I did not know it. Luckily, I figured it out after I grew up to be a big girl.

Wearing New York & Company


  1. I also found that rhyme repugnant. I wanted to be made of sugar and spice .... not .....snails and puppy dog tails. I couldn't understand why anyone would feel differently.

  2. I think I want Christina under my Christmas tree.

  3. Me too. I wonder how many of us feel the sane way?

  4. As a kid I LOVED toy cars and trucks. Dogs were good and cats better. I never had any desire to make or eat mud pies. I found flatulence repulsive and still do. When visiting the grandparents, I preferred to spend time in the kitchen with the women rather than in the living room, watching sports with the men.
    Snails and frogs, no thanks.
    I'd rather using sugar and spices to bake!

    And, I remember the book I had said "What are little boys made of? Snips and snails And puppy-dogs' tails"

    I don't know what the snips are.

    ps. Happy Holidays to everyone, whichever holiday you choose to celebrate.