Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Decline & Fall

Teaching Didactic Children's Poetry in Vic Lit (Belloc, mostly), I discovered that my students had never heard the charming ditty, "Mabel, Mabel, strong and able, get your elbows off the table, this is not a horse's stable!"

Well, really.

What is the world coming to?

No wonder these kids today have no fucking manners.


zelda1 said...

Kids today!

Editoress said...

Once again, we've failed as parents. Not about the elbows on the table_heck, I do that all the time--but about common cultural understanding. :)

Mouse said...

I have to admit that, while I know not to put my elbows on the table, I have never heard that little diddy. :/ I have been neglected.