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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Something Was Always Bouncing



When I was young in the 50s, we used to play favorite games at home and at school.  A lot of them involved bouncing...of balls, of kids.  I think many of these may have been lost or eliminated over the years.  I doubt if my grandchildren have even heard of some of them, but don't let me get on my soapbox about that.  I loved to bounce a ball and sing "One, Two, Three, O'Leary..."   We'd bounce the ball under a leg, clap or turn around before it could bounce again.  We could use one hand or two.  Rules were established before we started.


One, Two, Three O’Leary
One, two, three O’Leary,
Four, five, six O’Leary,
Seven, eight, nine O’Leary,
Ten, O’Leary caught it.


Jumping rope and Double Dutch was another pastime.  It seems like every recess was filled with double dutch and I was good enough to keep from tripping while jumping.  We'd sing songs while we jumped & "bounced," and call others into the two ropes with us.  I don't remember the exact words, but here is one version I found online.

I Love Coffee
I love coffee, I love tea,
I want Sara to come in with me.
I love coffee, I love tea,
I want Sailor to come in with me.
I love coffee, I love tea,
I want Peter to come in with me.
I love coffee, I love tea,
I want David to come in with me.

Do you remember these games?  Did you have other favorites that you played at school or at home?  Were you a bouncy kind of kids, too?
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30 comments:

  1. When I was young[er] I had a 45 min bus ride home. There were two other girls my age and we would spend the time doing cats cradle (mostly making knots!) and playing 'clapping' games like "Miss Mary Mack"

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    1. Alecia - I always got all tangle up playing cats cradle...LOL. I haven't heard of the other game. Isn't it fun to look back at those days?
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. I was very proud of my abilities at double Dutch skipping. I was a lot smaller than the kids in my class and this was one physical activity I could beat them in! ~ Maureen

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    1. Maureen - I guess I must have felt pretty much the same. I wasn't comptetitive in sports, so this was my thing! This 'n' baseball and tree climbing! Ha!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. Great post. And, what a wonderful response to my Question of the Day. Thanks so much for stopping by. Donna

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    1. Donna - Thanks for the compliment! It was fun to remember these things of the past!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Hi,
    Wow! You're bringing back up some very special memories for me. I remember jumping rope until I was so tired I was ready to collapse. Paper dolls was another favorite pastime. Loved my paper dolls. Thanks for taking me back on a little trip back in time. Hugz!

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    1. Marge - While my memories aren't as sharp as I'd like, it is fun to think back to those times and relive the things we did to entertain ourselves!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. Hi Grace,

    Brought back many happy memories for me, skipping, playing ball - another we used to enjoy was hopscotch and elastic skipping.
    Thanks for sharing and hope you have a lovely weekend

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Carolyn - Oh, yes..hopscotch was another one! Not sure what elastic skipping was, but it sounds like fun, too!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. I just followed you on the new linky, so please follow back so we can all stay connected. Thanks, Lori

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    1. Lori - I will be sure to follow you back. Thanks for stopping by...hope to see you often!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  7. We didn't jump rope much be we did do hopscotch and kickball and stuff. It was fun thinking back to the school yard days, I am glad I can still remember LOL

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    1. Lucy - We did hopscotch, too, but not much kickball. Such good times we had!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  8. That is wonderful. I did that too. I still love the 50's. The music, movies and the way homes were decorated.

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    1. Yes, the music was rockin' and we were bouncin'! Ha! Let the good times roll! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  9. I like coffee,
    I like tea,
    I like the boys
    and the boys like me.

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  10. YES - that sounds more like what we used to sing! Thank you!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  11. Great post! In my elementary school, we girls were big into hopscotch and jacks. And there always seemed to be a kickball game going on, too.

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    1. Did you see my previous post about paper dolls and jacks? I loved that game, too! And, hopscotch on the driveway and school sidewalk! Ahhh, the memories!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  12. Great post! In my elementary school, we girls were big into hopscotch and jacks. And there always seemed to be a kickball game going on, too.

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  13. Great post! In my elementary school, we girls were big into hopscotch and jacks. And there always seemed to be a kickball game going on, too.

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  14. Great post! In my elementary school, we girls were big into hopscotch and jacks. And there always seemed to be a kickball game going on, too.

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  15. Great post! In my elementary school, we girls were big into hopscotch and jacks. And there always seemed to be a kickball game going on, too.

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  16. Hi lady, Oh, I love jump rope and I did love hopscotch as well. We also did a lot of the string games. Jacob's Ladder and Cat's Cradle. Believe it or not, I love a good yoyo!
    thanks for the memories,xoxo Ginger

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    1. Ginger - Golly, I hadn't thought of yoyos in ages! I could get them tangled quicker than anyone around! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  17. I wanted to let you know I just signed up to follow you and would really appreciate it if you would come over and follow my new LINKY FOLLOWER tool.

    Thanks.

    XO XO,
    Cheri (from Its So Very Cheri)

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    1. Cheri - Thanks for stopping by! Of course I will follow you back!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  18. Yes, I remember those games. Almost made me cry. Thought of Duck, Duck, Goose too. Simple, I love simple.
    Love the title of your blog too. :) Following on Linky now, hope you follow too.
    Much love!!

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    1. Marcia - Simple is good. I agree. Can you refresh my memory on Duck, Duck, Goose? It sounds familiar. I will be sure to follow you back on Linky. Thanks for following me!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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