kits, cats, sacks and wives

We were all in the car driving somewhere.

The boys were in the back seat discussing numbers and math.   Numbers and math are hot topics in my house…not sure why, but not complaining.

boys from St. Ives

Blog-Stedman asked Ryan(9) if he knew how many people were going to St. Ives.

Ryan: 100?

Rhett(4): 1000?

Reid(7):   Where is St. Ives?

I asked them if they knew the poem.

They didn’t.

They were just guessing.

Reid:   Where is St. Ives?

I recited the poem:

As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives,

Each wife had seven sacks, each sack had seven cats,

Each cat had seven kits.

Kits, cats, sacks and wives,

How many were going to St. Ives?

I repeated it several times and then finally asked, “So how many WERE going to St. Ives?”

Ryan:   none.

Rhett:   100.

Reid:   Where is St. Ives?


  1. oh! my dad used to tell us this story all the time!

    the answer is 1.

    but i agree with Reid…. where is St. Ives?

  2. Your car rides sound like fun…can I come? And can we go to St. Ives?

    Love this one, it made me laugh, and your boys are too adorable for words!

  3. Too funny! Just tonight I asked Carleigh if she knew what Thanksgiving was. Of course, being a 3 year old she said no. Then I asked if she knew what saying thank you meant. She told us, when we give her something (cute). Then as daddy was explaining to her she says (watching me put cranberry on my turkey) oh, that’s what that is for. Haha, I started laughing so hard because she was not even listening to us at all! Typical =P

  4. It’s the important questions that matters…St. Ives is WHERE? *G*

    Yes, the correct Answer is one…but I love all the answers 😀

  5. This is a great story. But I am totally with Reid as far as answers go.

  6. I used to love this nursery rhyme or riddle or whatever it is!

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