Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice

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Two Little Blackbirds

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This is my favorite rhyme to do with toddlers these days, as it has lots of hand movements and most toddlers, especially the really young and active older ones, need hand movements to keep them still and focused on the rhyme and me. I get more animated and use the rhyme below. It’s a bit tricky but once you get it, it’s a lifesaver. Get ready though, because they come back loud and at full attention. I usually follow it with another song.

Two little blackbirds sitting on and a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole
Fly away fast, fly away slow
Come back fast, come back slow.

Two little black birds sitting on a cloud
One was soft and one was loud
Fly away soft, fly away loud
Come back soft, Come back loud.

Original Mother’s Day Poem

Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870:

“Arise then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!

“Say firmly: ‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.

Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.’

“From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, ‘Disarm, disarm!’

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor does violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar but of God.

“In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”