Kale and stork - Where do babies come from?

Children come from the kale, or brought by the stork. Two famous statements, but which stories were told more to children?

In the past, the question 'Where did the children come from?' not always answered truthfully. Wonderful stories were told to get around the truth as much as possible. What stories can you remember about this? What were you told when you asked the question 'Where do I come from?'
Does your own child, for example, have a theory of how he or she came here? Does he or she crawl under your shirt and is born again and again, or does your child say he has just come by post?

The stork

Children were brought by the stork. In a beautiful cloth that was firmly clamped in the beak of the stork, the children were delivered to parents who were anxiously waiting for him. That the stork was not so happy there is also clear from the following poem by an unknown poet:

A stork, a very old one,
got enough of all that lugging.
A baby here a baby there,
it was all too heavy for him.
I can also speak with a sigh,
less and less against that air.
I love babies, really, really!
But always such a worm under your nose.
It smells like that, it smells so dirty,
that air of poo, which pissed air.
I can not care what it costs,
From now on I will send them by mail!


The Germans called the stork Eidebar. Eide means bringing life or happiness, bar or giving birth. Storks are therefore the bringers of life and happiness.
It was convinced in the Middle Ages that the storks ensured that there was no mischief in the houses on which he built his nest. Christians saw the stork as a sacred bird. This is probably due to the fact that he is hunting for snakes, among other things. These symbolized evil and the devil. Aristotle made a crime of killing storks.
A Scandinavian story goes like this: at the birth of a child the fireplace was lit in the house to make it nice and warm for the baby. Storks gathered on the roof to warm themselves to the chimney. The houses with a newborn baby had the most storks on the roof.

Children come from the red cabbage

Children had nothing to do with mum and dad, they just grew on the land, in the red cabbage. This could also be cauliflower, there were enough of it on the land, so there could still be a lot of children. The child grew up in the cabbage and was removed at the right time. If the child did not feel cold in the winter, no answer was given!


The story of the red cabbage finds its origin probably because the fruit bag in which the child has been sitting, is red blooded. When you put your hand in here after the birth and hold it against the light, it looks like a leaf of a red cabbage!

By boat

Children were brought by boat. The skipper knew which parents wanted a child and then brought them to them.


This is an old story and was mainly told in villages that were on a river or canal. It is an obvious story because many boats came by and was therefore a plausible story for small children.

Through a kiss

A child would be made by a kiss from a man and a woman. After the pillow you swallowed and that's how the baby ended up in the mother's belly and continued to grow. Where it would come after, was not told.


It is a story for older children. They understood that all that pillow had something to do with "sex" and not to explain everything it was told that children were made in this way.

Beware, it is contagious!

When asked how it was that mom was going to have a baby, the answer was that she had been sitting in Aunt Anita's chair. This was already pregnant and so it was contagious.


This is a story that adults tell among themselves and is meant as a joke. Children catch this and tell the children's version.

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