The other day, the boys and I were on a walk and noticed a tiny, broken egg in the grass. Unlike the easily identifiable robin egg, this one was smaller and not such a brilliant blue. For a brief moment, we poured over my smartphone and egg pictures.
Sparrows, cardinals, finches, and even snakes were all considered as the possible previous inhabitor. Satisfied with the inconclusive search, we moved on down the road and my youngest started to recite “Humpty Dumpty.”
As too often happens, our outdoor exploring sends me to do more Google searching later.
“What are the origins of Humpty Dumpty?”
Typical of the internet, it turns out there is no shortage of speculation and plenty of “eggsaggeration.” The most prominent suggestion is that before Humpty Dumpty was depicted by Lewis Carroll as an egg sitting on a wall (Through the Looking-Glass, 1871), the nursery rhyme may be a fanciful retelling of a large cannon used by the Royalists during the English Civil War (1642-1651).
Military historians suggest that the heavy cannon was positioned on the top of a Royalist wall in Colchester. When the Parliamentary forces forged ahead with their artillery, (you guessed it), the large cannon had a great fall and shattered into pieces. The Royalists and those who supported King Charles I went on to lose the war. Other theories suggest that King Charles is actually Humpty Dumpty, as his men couldn’t restore him into power.
I love the stories behind a story. Even more, I enjoy the metaphors that can be drawn from tales that are applicable to our own lives. A friend of mine, Cheryl Goss, recently wrote her testimony. Cheryl is a member of First Baptist Church of Owensboro and the founder of Connecting Ministries, a group of women who engage their community through biblical conferences and their partnerships with nonprofit organizations.
Through her story, Crossroads: A Story of Addictions, Abuse, and Redemption, Cheryl hopes to encourage others to see how God can take the brokenness of our lives and put it all back together.
At some point in our lives, we all experience brokenness. There will always be bumps, dents, scrapes, and cracks. Sometimes we get shattered seemingly beyond repair, but that’s just not the case. Our King is able. Jesus Christ wants to put us all back together again.
Neena is a Kentucky wife, mother, daughter, and beekeeper who does life in Owensboro. She is the author of The Bird and the Bees, a Christian contemporary romance available now. Visit her at wordslikehoney.com.