H my name is Hiram
I live in Haifa, Isreal
My friend’s name is Hadara
We like to play Three Sticks
We speak Hebrew
And now we’ll say “Shalom”
Three Sticks is a traditional children’s schoolyard game played in Israel. The goal is to jump between three sticks which are laid on the ground. After each player gets a turn, the sticks are spread further and further apart. Players must not touch the sticks or step more than once in the spaces between the sticks. The last one left is the winner.
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.
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.