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I started this post a long time ago, back in April, when Cassie-b posted about Childhood games – Played Outdoors. It reminded me of the games we played when we were little. There was no TV then, only books, outdoors games and cards or Monopoly.
Some time ago, I passed by a school, and saw on the ground of the schoolyard, that one of the games I loved playing when I was a little girl, la marelle (or hopscotch) had been outlined on the ground.
One of the pleasures of hopscotch, as I remember it, was to draw the lines on the ground with chalk, using different colours and drawing a semi-circle for earth and one for the sky at the other end of the game. In other words, preparing for the game was half the fun and it seems to me that finding your ready-made hopscotch game is not quite the same. No more anticipation, no irregularities in the squares.
You lose the waiting until the squares are drawn, the irregular lines that made you pay more attention… Maybe the outline was not as perfect as in the ready-made one, but came rain, and your hopscotch would go and you’d have to draw another one. You would never play exactly the same game.
Maybe I am imagining all this and suffering from a bout of nostalgia. 😉
As you can see on the manhole cover above, a photo that I took across the street from where I live, kids can’t draw hopscotch but they still play with chalk and enjoy it!