When we played the Alphabet Game…bouncing a ball and calling out ‘A my name is Alice, My husband’s name is Albert, we come from Alabama and eat Apples, etc. When you came to each name you had to put your right leg over the ball. That’s where the hard part came in. Usually kicked the ball away. I never got to the end either. We took turns and whoever got to the end of the alphabet…won the game. Gosh, I haven’t thought of this game in years.
Allison: I remember that … didn’t it start … The spades go tulips together twlight in heaven bring back my love to me? Or something like that? Two girls would hold hands, arms outstretched in front, and sway back and forth while singing the verses… 🙂 ******************* There was another one with this line~ shimmy shimmy coco pop shimmy shimmy pop ******************** Any memory jogs here?? 🙂
Hey, what about us girls?? You guys may consider our games wimpy, but we hung out and played on the streets and stoops too! My memories are hazy and I haven’t thought about those days lately, so I can only provide titles and brief descriptions — perhaps it will jog someone else’s memory: I moved away from Brooklyn when I was 7, so I played the following at a tender age: 1. Red Light, Green Light, One Two Three 2. Giant Steps 3. Statues I can’t recall, though, just what these games entailed! Anyone remember? Of course, our basic sidewalk game was Potsy. Although it is generally known as Hopscotch, in Borough Park, Brooklyn it was always Potsy. And it was still Potsy when we moved to Old Bethpage, Long Island (of course, many suburbanites had emigrated to Long Island from Brooklyn…) Girls were into Spalding balls too. We bounced ’em off stoops and against walls, and of course did the classic “A, my name is Alice, and my husband’s name is Andy, we come from Atlanta and we sell anchovies…” You were supposed to go through the whole alphabet, but I don’t think I ever did. And now, a confession: there were times when I could be the annoying kid sister: Sometimes when my older brother played stickball or wiffle ball in the backyard with his friends, if I felt mischievious, I’d skip across their playing field, calling out in a sing-song voice, “Interference! Interference!”
Does anyone remember the “Patty Cake type” of hand games us girls used to play? I don’t remember their names, and can only remember snippets of some… “Miss Lucy had a baby She named him Tiny Tim she put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim” …. Can anyone complete the rest of the verses? Anyone remember some others? help! 🙂
Good games, Red Light Green Light and Red Rover. And I was a hopscotch expert. Remember kickball? We played it at school, especially the girls, who were not as good as the boys at softball. Then when we were at home, in the absence of a team for kickball, my brother and I used to play “Kick the Ball Over the House”. I’m not sure how many windows we broke (at least one, I’m sure), and it was murder on the roof shingles and yard plants. What fun memories.