I Wuz Just Thinking: Here comes the Itsy Bitsy Spider

 

Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.  Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

This morning, while at the gas pump filling the Jeep tank, the wind was blowing very strong.

I thought the forceful wind will dry up the grounds where last night’s rain had soaked it thoroughly.

I began remembering many years ago when I was a little girl and spending time with our great aunt, Miss Gillie Patterson on her screened-in front porch. Her home was located out in the country not too far from Troup, Texas.

Betty Mahurin Baker

In the summer, while Vacation Bible School was at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, my siblings and I would spend the week with her and attend the daily classes at the church.

In the evenings, we would sit near her on the porch and listen to her tell us stories.  She was a great storyteller and taught us hand poems and songs, too.

Aunt Gillie was a retired school teacher and just knew everything about everything.

One evening, while the summer rains came gently down, the crickets “chirped” and the frogs “ribbeted” and “croaked” out near the pond, Martha, Julia, Johnny, and I were attempting to get our fingers to work as Aunt Gillie was teaching the ‘Itsy bitsy spider” song.

“Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.  Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout again.”

In this song, the ‘sun dried up all the land” even though in my way of thinking today while the wind was blowing, I substituted the words, wind for sun.

I wuz just thinking” 

 

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