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~ Baby Steins ~
The folklore and culture of many
countries refer to the stork as delivering babies to expectant mothers and
fathers, but where did this story come from?
The stork is the official bird of Lithuania and it is also seen as a good luck
symbol throughout Europe. Storks treat their own young with caring and kindness,
and many tales have been written about the wisdom of these birds. Even Hans
Christian Andersen wrote about a stork delivering a fairy princess out of a
swamp. And what about the Vlasic pickle stork? He delivers, too!
Maybe then, that's the reason for the story on these steins. The stork is
reading a letter from the nervous and expectant parents-to-be. The floor is
littered with other letters, each filled with the wishes of the anxious new
parents - a boy or a girl, and perhaps some special talents or future for their
child. The stork must choose each baby wisely and deliver that
"special" one to each waiting household.
Take a look at these little
"bundles of joy", each waiting to be matched up with just the right
parents to appreciate his or her special gifts...
The stork's sample warehouse.
A King or Ruler
A Jailor or Watchman?
A Scholar perhaps and a female
with a bag full of money? What
do you suppose they are doing with those bottles?
A Thief and a Merchant or
The first is grabbing for another
baby's bag of money and the second has scales and law books.
Soldier brave, sailor true,
Rhyme Learned lawyer,
squire so hale,
Dashing airman, curate pale.
Nothing at all.
-English Nursery Rhymes
|Rich Man, Poor Man
Beggar Man, Thief,
A laird, a lord-Scottish Version
A piper, a drummer,
A stealer of beef.
Tinker, Tailor-Old English Version
Rich Man, Poor Man
Beggar Man, Thief!
Poems of Work Chosen by Helen Plotz; All taken
from "Saturday's Children"
Which baby would you choose? Aren't you glad you're not a stork?
These steins were provided by
member of SCI and the Carolina Steiners Chapter in Raleigh, NC.
Photography, scanning and graphics by Ginger Williams.
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