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Friday, March 30, 2012

Dear Sweet Peas - The Cheese Stands Alone

 Hi Sweet Peas. Remember the cheeses I brought home from Germany? I only recently started carving on this one. He is so delicious! 

 I don't know why he'd have to stand alone. He looks quite handsome. He even has a few freckles. :)

I had forgotten my cheese had a face and glasses, so I took a photo for you. It reminded me of the song and game. The poor cheese stands alone at the end. I read that this song may have actually come from Germany. Get Mommy and Daddy to teach it to you and some friends sometime. You need a few people to play. Even if you don't have enough to play you can still sing it.


The Farmer in the Dell

The farmer in the dell
The farmer in the dell
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The farmer in the dell

The farmer takes a wife

The farmer takes a wife
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The farmer takes a wife

The wife takes a child

The wife takes a child
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The wife takes a child

The child takes a nurse

The child takes a nurse
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The child takes a nurse

The nurse takes a dog

The nurse takes a dog
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The nurse takes a dog

The dog takes a cat

The dog takes a cat
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The dog takes a cat

The cat takes a rat

The cat takes a rat
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The cat takes a rat

The mouse takes a cheese

The mouse takes a cheese
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The mouse takes a cheese

The cheese stands alone

The cheese stands alone
Hi-ho, the derry-o
The cheese stands alone 


"Poor lonesome cheese", says Nanny. "I'll eat you all up and then my tummy won't be lonely."

Form a circle holding hands around one who is chosen to be the farmer. Sing the first verse while moving around the farmer. When the verse is over everyone stops and the farmer makes her or his choice of a wife (sometimes without looking). The wife joins her or him in the center for her verse and so through the verses until either the cheese or dog is chosen.

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