The other week I heard that children’s rhyme about nutmegs and golden pears. It goes like this:
I had a little nut tree. Nothing would it bear,
But a silver nutmeg and a golden pear.
I thought how lovely it would be to have a tree that was covered with silver nuts and laden with golden fruit. Wow! But then I had another think and I wrote this little rhyme:
It all began one winter. I was sick of nuts to eat,
So I asked my little nut tree for a very special treat.
When spring arrived my garden was all lit up with the glare
From a shining, silver nutmeg and a gleaming, golden pear.
‘What luck!’ I thought but people came from miles around to stare
At my super, silver nutmeg and my gorgeous, golden pear.
Some of them were greedy and I knew I must take care
Of my solid silver nutmeg and my great big golden pear.
So I hired guards with snarling dogs and a sign that said, ‘Beware!’
To protect my lovely nutmeg and my precious, golden pear.
But the guards gave me a bill and said, “You know it’s only fair.”
I couldn’t pay. I only had a nutmeg and a pear.
They shouted and got angry and it gave me quite a scare,
So I paid them all I had… which was the nutmeg and the pear.
That winter I was hungry. I’d not even nuts to eat.
So I made a wish and asked my tree for yet another treat.
It worked! I have a nut tree and lots of nuts it bears.
Not a single, silver nutmeg and no silly, golden pears.
I guess we should think carefully before we wish for things.