Oh, what great memories we have here! I grew up in the Bronx (Highbridge section) and we played Ring o levio, Round Up (my favorite), Red Rover, Johnny on the Pony, Freeze tag, red light green light, giant step, and someone remmebbered “Hot Peas and Butter” ! The last was one of my favorites. “It” would hide a belt while everyone else hid in the alley so as not to see where. We policed ourselves so that no one peeked. On the streets there were a variety of places to hide the belt like under a car, on top of the tire, etc. Then “it” would call “Hot peas and butter, come and get your supper”. We would all come out and try to find the belt. It would help by saying So and so it hot, or cold……”you’re cold…you’re freezing cold, you’re starting to thaw….you’re lukewarm, you’re getting hotter, you’re getting boiling hot, Etc. The one who found the belt would run after the others trying to hit them until they got to base. Actually, I don’t remember anyone really getting hit, but it was the idea of it that made us run fast and laugh. The person who found the belt got to be “it” the next time.
Original author: Marianne