snakes and snails

~detail: Mad Rabbit

~detail: Mad Rabbit

Searching my memory for a fresh nursery rhyme to recite to my youngest son, I began: “little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice”.  He looked at me with an odd expression and then giggled.

I continued: “but little boys are made of snakes and snails and puppy dog tails”.  The giggling eyes suddenly lost their expression.  Then…tears.

Why would they hurt the puppies?