I sat down to write this remembering how we played hours with these things as kids, especially on summer vacation from school. I wonder if kids even know what these things are today. I never see my neighbor kids doing any of this stuff. It seems bicycles are the thing here and the boys carry around BB guns in the desert to shoot my wildlife, which makes me mad. They always hear about it too, but that’s another story.
At recess in school, we gathered a group of girls and played with very long jump ropes. We had a person at each end and we’d take turns jumping in and out and doing routines while singing verses, sometimes with two or three people jumping rope at the same time. It was great fun. We also carried this out at home, but didn’t have a rope near that long to play with. However, with seven of us there were more than enough kids.
We’d do routines at home too or would jump rope by ourselves, but usually several of us participated in everything we did. We had hula-hoops too which were very cheap in those days, or we wouldn’t have had them. We would work our way up until we could hula with five or six of them on at one time. I do see these hoops in the store occasionally and it makes me think of those wonderful childhood days filled with chatter and laughter. I’ve even been tempted to buy one to see if I can still do it. The mind never grows old as fast as the body.