This is not exactly about the health and welfare of Mary, the little lamb or the lamb's mother. If you read my last blog you will know I am a slow learner, BUT, I do learn! And hopefully I have learnt how to allow you to subscribe to the Blog! So, I have subscribed and this is a test...testing, testing, Mary had a little lamb...!
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Now, I may owe you an explanation. You probably know "Mary Had A Little Lamb" as a children's nursery rhyme. It was based on a true story, from Redstone School in Massachusets, and was published as a song in 1830. In 1877, the first words ever recorded on a phonograph, by Thomas Edison, were, yes, you guessed it, "Mary had a little lamb". It has been used ever since as a "test" message. Nursery rhymes give us interesting glimpses of years gone by, and it is noteworthy how many of them feature farm animals (high performing cows, for instance) and dairy products (Miss Muffet's curds and whey). They are also moralistic. Maybe Mary and the lamb was a comment on the flexibility of rules, or maybe somehting more relevant to us:
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
the eager children cry,
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know"
the teacher did reply.
Let us love our lambs, sheep, cows.......