Ah, the things that get lost and end up posted on poles around town. Mittens are no exception, as illustrated by these three little kittens. Well, actually it is illustrated by me and demonstrated by the little kittens.

I thought it only fitting that the reward for finding the six lost mittens should be pie, because after all, according the rhyme, that is what the kittens will have once they find their mittens.

Not having heard this rhyme for such a long time, I could only vaguely recall the first verse; enough to know that the kittens had lost their mittens and would have no pie as a consequence.

Three little kittens they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost.
What! lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
No, you shall have no pie.

Doing some research revealed that there were three other verses in which the mittens were located, pie devoured, mittens dirtied and then mittens washed and cleaned. The full rhyme and information about its origin can be found here.

The drawing above really only covers the first verse and is my impression of what may have happened once the kittens had lost their mittens and their mother had expressed her disapproval of such carelessness on the kittens’ part. Naughty kittens.

Looking at the lost mittens illustrated, you may notice that they are designed to accommodate thumbs. These would be a purely ornamental feature when worn by kittens because they don’t have opposable thumbs. In fact the thumbs on these mittens would be more of a hindrance for the kittens because they would just protrude and flap about having no thumbs inside. No doubt the kittens would be continually be getting the hollow thumbs caught on things as they chased scrunched up balls of paper or red laser dots around the place, especially if they are woollen mittens. This indeed could be the underlying reason for them having had lost their mittens.

Last week it was cute penguins, this week cute kittens. This was coincidental, but I’m wondering if there is a theme developing.