As I picked up the Rationalist from school, he began to excitedly tell me about this new game he learned. His eyes twinkled and shone as his smiling lips poured out the juicy details of his latest educational achievement.
Rationalist: " OK.. you say someone's name and then you say someone else's name...like 'so and so' and 'so and so.' Do you understand?"
Me: "uhhh...I'm not sure. Explain it to me."
Rationalist: "OK....'so and so' and 'so and so' are in this tree...you see?"
Me: "mmm hmm"
Rationalist: "Well then you go.... ," pause for thinking "You go, 'so and so' and 'so and so'.... sitting in a tree....K-I-S-S-I-N-G...first comes love....then comes marriage....then comes a baby in a baby carriage!" breaking into mischievous laughter
Ah yes....childhood poetry at its finest.
26 years later and that rhyme is being used as much as when I was his age. Who says you can't rely on oral tradition for accuracy?