K my name is Kalpana
I live in Kathmandu, Nepal
My friend’s name is Kavi
We like to play Seven Stones
We speak Nepali
And now we’ll say “Alavidā”
The children are divided into two teams. The seven stones are arranged one on top of another to form a tower. Then, from a distance, the players on the first team take turns throwing a ball at the tower. When at least one stone is toppled, the players from that team become the runners. The opposite team players are the chasers.
The chasers try to hit the runners with the ball. The runners must run for cover but attempt to rebuild the tower. If a runner gets hit then he is out of the game. If the runners manage to re-stack the seven stones, they win the round. If the chasers manage to hit all the runners before the tower is rebuilt, they win.
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.