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The native habitat of teddy bears

I've now encountered this nursery rhyme thrice. C's mother knew it from her childhood, but C had never heard it. (Presumably it was out of vogue when he was a child?) Misremembered conversation - we were talking about "Wind the bobbin up".

Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear.
One step, two step,
Tickle you under there!

Why and how do teddy bears go round and round gardens? What are they doing out there? Do they live in particular kinds of gardens? Is it where they live when they're not off having picnics in the woods?

Are you familiar with this rhyme?

Yes, since childhood.
Yes, since adulthood.
No, it is not familiar to me.

Or rather, "learned as an adult".



Feb. 3rd, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
You have been mixing with heretics. There Is Only One True Way. You take the child's arm by the wrist. Round-and-round is with your forefinger around the child's palm. One-step, two-step takes you up the arm via the elbow, and tickle-you-under-there is in the armpit, to the total collapse of small child. Stomach? Chin? Bah humbug!
Feb. 3rd, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes to this. Stomach? No. Palm. Always the palm.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yes - another palmer here.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
Agreed. My grandmother used to play it with me, but I seem to associate it more with my grandpa.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
Quite right!
Feb. 3rd, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Quite right. Dad used to do this to us.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
But of course. Stomach? Ridiculous.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is exactly correct.