I have shown this cartoon to a couple of friends and relatives and invariably they pause while they go through the song in their heads to determine the gift given on the sixth day of Christmas, before yelling out “six geese a-laying!” or “six geese are laying!”.
The title of the cartoon could have been “Six Geese a-Laying” but I think trying to figure it out (or ‘getting there’) is half the fun. Well, at least it is for me, watching people trying to figure it out.
I’m sure the original interpretation of the song was that the geese were laying eggs, but I thought laying bricks would be more challenging for them. I gave them all hard hats so that Occupational Health and Safety wouldn’t be complaining about unsafe working environments.
Wheelbarrows, I have discovered, are not the most enjoyable things to draw.