Fairy Tale Friday – Humpty Dumpty

Fairy Tale Friday - Humpty Dumpty

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score men and Four-score more,
could not make Humpty where he was before.”

*Published in Juvenile Amusements by Samuel Arnold in 1797

Who is Humpty Dumpty?

In American nursery rhymes, he is depicted as an egg, but the earliest published version gives no description of Humpty. In fact, the original poem was thought to be a riddle. The question being. Who is he?

Without a doubt, this rhyme originated in England. However, there are many theories put forth for consideration throughout the years. Some say Humpty was King Charles I, or King Richard III because Humpty Dumpty was slang for a short, clumsy person. One theory suggested that Humpty wasn’t a person at all, but was a canon at the church of St. Mary’s At The Wall in 1648.

One thing is clear, this rhyme reads like a victory song, taunting a loser—Humpty Dumpty.

But who is he?

Let’s take a closer look.

He’s sitting on a wall. Which could mean that he’s elevated himself above others? He has a sense of importance. I would say it’s a false sense of importance because he’s sitting and not standing. He isn’t repairing the wall. He isn’t using the height of the wall to scope out the land. He isn’t surveying his surroundings for the enemy. This shows me an arrogant, conceited person looking down on those around him.

Next, we see him have a great fall. He wasn’t pushed. He wasn’t shot off the wall. He fell. It takes an extremely clumsy person to fall while sitting down. Or a drunk one.

I’d like to propose that Humpty Dumpty was a drunk. Or a drug addict. Now, here me out. When you are under the influence you have an inflated ego. You think you are invincible. Have you ever heard the term ten-foot-tall and bullet proof? Most drunks (I was once one of them.) feel good. So, they think they look good. They think they are good. But in actuality, while they are stumbling around everyone is laughing and making fun of them. Eventually, they will fall.

“Four score men and four-score more
could not make Humpty where he was before.”

This phrase could have one of two meaning. It could mean that during his fall Humpty was so badly damaged that he was beyond repair. Or it could mean that he learned his lesson, and no amount of men (peer pressure) couldn’t make him drink again.

Have you ever been drunk on a wall like Humpty?
Have you fallen?
Did you learn your lesson?
Or, are you still letting people talk you into climbing back up on the wall?

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses. And all the King’s men.
Couldn’t put Humpty together again?”

They are many of you reading this today who have been delivered from an addiction. Please don’t climb back up on the wall. Please don’t go back to your old life. The King’s men can’t help you stay sober, but the King can. And though you may love another Humpty Dumpty, you can’t force them to stay grounded. Just be there when they fall, and tell them about the King that wants to help them.

If you still think my analogy of Humpty Dumpty as a drunk is a little farfetched, consider this:
The Oxford English Dictionary (1857) defined Humpty Dumpty as “a drink made of brandy boiled in ale”. You can translate that as being a shot of whiskey in a glass of beer.

Don’t be a Humpty Dumpty!!!

and it fell: and great was the fall of it. Matthew 7:27

 Fairy Tale Fridays are posted on the first Friday of the month.

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

The Ugly Duckling. Illustrated by Vilhelm Pedersen. Written by Hans Christian Andersen

 

The Parable of The Ugly Duckling

In the original version of The Ugly Duckling written by Hans Christian Andersen the bird was first believed to be a turkey by his mother who could plainly see he was different from her other children. However, since he could swim, he was judge to be a duck – an ugly duck.

Everyone he met tried to make him into something he wasn’t. They ridiculed him for possessing natural instincts that were different from theirs. They didn’t understand him. They didn’t know who he was. They didn’t know who he was created to be.

He wanted the freedom to swim and to fly. But according to the world, since he couldn’t purr or lay eggs, he was useless.

He wasn’t a turkey.
He wasn’t a duck.
He wasn’t a goose.
He wasn’t a cat.
And he wasn’t a hen.

He was useless.
He had no purpose.
No one wanted him around.

So, he secluded himself on a pond and avoided all the other birds. One day, a flock of swan swooped in. Oh he wished that he was as beautiful as them. He felt a connection with the swan, but he thought he was too ugly to join them. He stayed in the freezing pond while they flew to the sunny South. Bit by bit the water froze until he lost all freedom to swim. He barely survived the atrocities of winter.

But when summer arrived, the swans returned to the pond. He joined them thinking they would kill him, but they welcomed him. When he saw his reflection in the water, he realized who he really was – a beautiful swan.

Then he felt quite ashamed, and hid his head under his wing; for he did not know what to do, he was so happy, and yet not at all proud. He had been persecuted and despised for his ugliness, and now he heard them say he was the most beautiful of all the birds. Even the elder-tree bent down its bows into the water before him, and the sun shone warm and bright. Then he rustled his feathers, curved his slender neck, and cried joyfully, from the depths of his heart, “I never dreamed of such happiness as this, while I was an ugly duckling.”

There’s ugly inside all of us. To varying degrees, we’ve all suffered pain and shame of some kind. But thank God we don’t have to live in misery. 

You’ll never satisfy this world. Don’t judge yourself by the expectation of others. Look into the reflection of the word of God, and see who you were created to be.

Stretch your neck out and cry joyfully unto the Lord. Even if you’ve never dreamed of such happiness, Jesus is waiting to transform your ugly past into a beautiful future. Let Him remake you into who you were created to be: a beautiful, precious child of God.

 

But by the grace of God I am what I am: ~ 1 Corinthians 15:10
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: ~ Psalm 91:4

 

Click here to read the complete, original manuscript of The Ugly Duckling.

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