Z my name is Zuberi
I live in Zanzibar, Tanzania
My friend’s name is Zulfa
We like to play Mamba
We speak Swahili
And now we’ll say “Faida“
An area is marked with definite boundaries. Everyone must stay within the boundaries. One player is the mamba (snake). The snake chases the players. When a player is tagged, he must join the snake’s body by holding onto the waist or shoulders. The snake grows as players are tagged and added to the body. Only the snake head can tag players. The rest of the body must keep up. They may also help the snake head by blocking players. The game continues until all the players have been caught. The winner is the last player left and becomes the head of the new snake.
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.