Welcome to my 2019 Blogging A-Z Challenge. Each day in the the month of April (except Sundays), I will bring you a memory of games and a jump rope song. It is similar to the classic A My Name Is… Do you recognize the chant? A world of children will greet their friends and skip through the alphabet alliterating their name, a friend’s name, and their home city. They will also state their country, the language they speak, and their favorite game. Descriptions of the games are included. I chose games that are played on playgrounds or streets where children negotiate their teams and terms. You may recognize your favorite games that differ only in name. As the alphabet progresses, it becomes apparent that the pursuit of laughter and fun are universal.
E my name is Elsa
I live in Essen Germany
My friend’s name is Edsel
We like to play Ein, Zwei, Drei . . . Halt!
We speak German
And now we’ll say “Auf Wiedersehen!”
Ein, Zwei, Drei …Halt (One, Two, Three… STOP!)
This game is played with a large group of children. One child is IT and stands at a distance from the rest with his back to the group. The other children stand in a line marking the starting line. As IT counts “ein, zwei, drei” the others run toward him/her. When IT calls HALT!, he/she turns around. The other must freeze. If IT finds anyone moving, that player must go back to the starting line or is out of the game. The game continues until someone tags IT or there are no players left to run forward.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.