old woman who lived in a shoe

old woman who lived in a shoe

what to do with so many children? [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 434]

old woman who lived in a shoe

“had so many children she didn’t know what to do.” [Nursery Rhyme: Baring-Gould, 85]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"There is a long-standing connection between shoes and fertility, perhaps exemplified by the nursery rhyme, 'There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe', and the custom of casting a shoe after a bride as she leaves for her honeymoon or attaching shoes to the departing couple's car."
I hold a shoe to my ear like a seashell - hear a child's voice: God is the old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she didn't know what to do.