"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

games we played

A wise woman (I am sure it was a woman) once said, "If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older".  As I keep taking trips down memory lane (without intentionally being on a quest for eternal youth), Kelly got me thinking of games we used to play when we were young.  She comes visiting every Sunday on her scooter and I clearly remember the red Triang scooter that I had as a child.  Kelly's is state of the art, fold-up aluminium one but it does the same job.  You could still buy one like this one for about 70 pounds on e-Bay.
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I am the one who thought (until I was about 10) that a handbag was a hambag and Dalene still calls potatoes, betatoes (don't argue Dalene - see little quip below before accusing me of making up stories about you when you were little).
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Weird how some things stick and I can still remember my embarrassment in Standard 2 reading out "fatigue" as "fatEgue".  So bad was it that every time I read the word, even now, I blush.  I know in our family we have the age old argument of who called Wimbledon, Wimbletin - one slip of the tongue and you are embarrassed forever.

Anyone for "Goomie"?  Why was it called "Goomie"?  Not even sure if I am saying it or spelling it correctly.  So for those of you who don't remember Goomie here is something you:-
Then while I was thinking about the games that we played in the playground, I remembered this wonderful game called Jacks.
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How many hours were spent during break time sitting on the cold concrete in the quad at Rosebank Junior School playing Jacks.  If anyone still has a set and would like to take me on, I am ready, anytime.

What about these paper clicker things we used to make?  
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Only the other day I saw them on one of the wedding blog sites that I keep stalking for ideas.  The examples below were used to number the tables and also as a kind-of check your mate, to see how well you know the bridal couple. Hectic.  For some reason or other it is another useless bit of information that I have stored and I still know how to fold them.

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This was more the way I recall playing the game
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I remember bruised knuckles trying to get the timing right.  My grandfather used to throw us out of our flat to play outside because he did not like noise they made.
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Trolls.  We used to be pretty cruel and stick our pencils up their rear ends for decoration.
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Silly Putty - Do you remember the smell of it?
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Marbles, yo-yo's and hula-hoops have never really lots their appeal and the Smurfs are back.  Somethings never change.
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