Friday, September 2, 2011

sugar and spice

My garden, once vibrant, has now gone the way of most of summer's goodness. But I still have basil, hot peppers and tomatoes. What more could a girl ask for?  (I know things are looking pretty rough in this photo... the crappy garden is mine.  The crappy garage is my neighbor's.)

My hot peppers are finally coming on and I love pulling into my driveway in the evening and seeing little fiery bursts of red in the garden.  I think there may be a big pot of chili in my family's future!

Taking the photo, I thought about this old nursery rhyme...

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 everything nice
That's what little girls are made of.

I remember being a little girl, when it was still just my two brothers and me, and my mother would say this with us.  Somehow I felt a sense of superiority over my brothers because they were made of icky things like frogs and snails but I was made of everything nice.  It makes me smile now.

This weekend, I am off to spend time with my two sisters.  In some ways we are very much alike but in many ways we are very different.  Makes for colorful, passionate friendships.  

Thinking about my sisters and this nursery rhyme also makes me think about the cartoon, Powerpuff Girls.  (I know, my mind is all over the place some days.)  If you aren't familiar with the cartoon, the main characters are three sisters, who were created by Professor Utonium in an attempt to create one "perfect little girl", using a mixture of sugar and spice and everything nice.  But what happened instead is that he accidentally spilled the mysterious Chemical X (rumor has it, in the original pilot, Chemical X was called "Whoop Ass" but they cleaned it up before the cartoon aired) into the mixture and ended up with three little girls... each possessing one of the elements he was shooting for.  

(Bubbles = blue = sugar      Blossom = pink = nice       Buttercup = green = spice)

If my sisters and I were the Powerpuff girls, I'm afraid I would probably be the sugar or the nice but what I would really want to be is the SPICE! Funny how you reach a certain age and you really aren't so worried about the goody-two-shoes stuff.  I think there is definitely some freedom in aging.  (Good thing, because I am not so sure there are many other perks!)

With a long holiday weekend upon us, I hope you have a great time filled with all the goodness and spice (and maybe some Chemical X) you can handle.  


  1. I hope you had a great time with your sisters, our garden is also looking very much like a dust patch with only tomatoes surviving.

  2. The mangoes in my garden are doing poorly - pierced by insect bites and the insides are worm ridden:( Nice to read the nursery rhymes of boys and girls.


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