This post is part of a weekly series of ‘link-up’ Posts which reflect on life’s journey, old memories and family stories (see below for more info).
Last week, my 12 year old son picked up a skipping rope for what became immediately obvious as the very first time. As he lollopped his elephantine self across the floor, one painful skip at a time, the contrast between our two generations’ childhood playground experiences was heavily emphasised….
As a young girl, for me, playtime consisted of two key activities.
1. Handstands against the school brick wall (usually wearing a ‘gypsy’ skirt which had to be skilfully tucked into one’s knickers before launch)
The latter clearly played such a defining role in my playground experience that I can still, to this very day, recite some of the rhymes which we used to skip to.
There was, incidentally, never any actual ‘rope’. Our favoured (parental thrift?) material for group skipping was a length of plastic coated washing line. It had longevity as well as a thigh-searing whip-slashing effect if you weren’t fast enough when it was your turn to jump in on your birthday month was called!At the age of 9 I was something of a champion Double Dutcher, and I could easily ‘pick her up, pick her up’ (the baby on the floor, that is). These qualities sadly have not been inherited by my male offspring, who for some reason have never succumbed to the skipping habit.
These are the ones I best recall… how about you?
Not Last Night but the night before.
Twenty-four robbers came knocking at my door,
I went out to let them in
And this is what they said to me–
‘Spanish lady turn around,
Spanish lady touch the ground,
Spanish lady do the high kicks,
Spanish lady do the splits!’
(the child should do each of the commands while skipping - the “splits” is more like making a V)
Jelly on a Plate
Jelly on a plate, jelly on a plate
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble
Jelly on a plate.
Baby on the floor, baby on the floor
Pick her up, pick her up
Baby on the floor.
Sausage in the pan, sausage in the pan
Sizzle sizzle, sizzle sizzle,
Sausage in the pan….
All in together girls,
Never mind the weather, girls
When you hear your birthday, please jump in!
Now, over to you to share your playground memories!
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Other posts in this series:-
Week 1 - My earliest baby photo
Week 2 - Old School Portrait
Week 3 - Earliest Writings
Week 4 - Bestest Friends
Week 5 - Teenage Crushes
Week 6 - First Movie Memories
Week 7 - The Song You Snogged Your Hand To
Week 8 - Homage to Grandparents
Week 10 - Tying the Knot (again)
Week 11 - Blue: Girl Guide Uniform Shambles
Week 12 – Cuddly Companions