Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lived a boy and a girl, who were siblings. The elder among them was the boy. He was named Jack and the younger girl was named Jill. They lived with their mother on their small farm in the country. The children used to help their mother with the chores, chopping the wood, weeding the garden and milking the cows.
Once, a severe drought hit the region. All the wells started drying up and there was not enough water available for use. So the children had to go fetch water from a spring up a hill while their mother tended to the daily chores. Every day morning, both Jack and Jill used to climb up the hill with a large pail and return back with plenty of water. The pail was so large and when filled with water to the brim, too heavy that it required both of them to carry it down.
On that day also, both of them went up the hill with the pail. On reaching the top of the hill, they filled water into the pail till the brim. They started coming downhill, both of them holding onto the pail, Jack in front and Jill behind. Suddenly, Jack tripped on a stone and lost his balance. He fell and started rolling down. Jill panicked and let go the pail of water. The pail struck Jacks’ head hurting him badly. Frightened, Jill came running down, tumbling on the way.
Jill helped Jack to get up, put his hand around her neck and took him home as fast as she could. Jack was bleeding profusely on the way and was weak. On seeing them at a distance, their mother came out of their home and helped Jack onto a bed. She then went into the kitchen, took some sheets of brown paper and soaked them in a saucepan containing heated vinegar. She bound it to Jack’s head and secured it in place with a cloth and put him to sleep. Luckily it wasn’t a big wound.
On seeing Jack in paper plaster, Jill started laughing out aloud as he looked kind of funny. Their mother who had just returned to the kitchen was so annoyed on hearing the noise. She got hold of a whip and used it on Jill blaming her for Jacks’ terrible fall.
Jill started crying out loud, tears rolling down her cheeks. Hearing the commotion, Jack woke up and started laughing. He explained to their mother that it was just an accident and Jill had no part in it. On hearing this, their mother calmed down and went to complete her work. Jill dried her eyes and sat next to Jack. She told him to get well soon so that they could play at the see-saw right across their gate. Jack smiled and promised he would.
Hope you enjoyed my interpretation of the famous Jack and Jill nursery rhyme. The rhyme follows below:
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper;
And went to bed and bound his head
With vinegar and brown paper.
When Jill came in how she did grin
To see Jack’s paper plaster;
Mother vexed did whip her next
For causing Jack’s disaster.
Now Jack did laugh and Jill did cry
But her tears did soon abate;
Then Jill did say that they should play
At see-saw across the gate.