Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Skipping Rhymes!

Oh what a dusty answer gets the soul
When hot for certainties in this our life!
             George Meredith.



This swing seat strap is a bit snug but I sit in it anyway and rock back and forth with my foot on the ground watching giggling happy small children play in the park, sliding down the slide into the loving arms of their parents below, memories from long ago grab hold of me like an unexpected soothing hug. I am in a park in the city far from home. A shrill ringing pierces my ears the school behind has just let out for recess, I remember that same familiar bell sound and those heavy doors bursting open with excited no longer contained children that are now being able to run free, oh yes I remember this well, it seems things have not changed.

Children carrying skipping ropes and an assortment of balls fill the playground, the laughter and screams drown out the once soft soothing giggles of this sparsely filled park. I stay put, close my eyes and continue rocking held firmly by this snug seat. Skipping Rhyme pieces run through my head, but the memories are all jumbled and make no sense. I try to put the pieces together much like a puzzle with many pieces missing to no avail. Not one complete rhyme comes to mind only those little bits and pieces. Teddy Bear Teddy Bear turn out the light. 

Opening my eyes I see off in the distance a few little girls skipping but on not being able to hear them it transports me back in time. They called it Double Dutch, two ropes turning at staggered intervals, and I was looking down to my worn brown penny loafers without pennies, I am pretty sure there had been a stop at the store that morning and candy was involved, my feet moved quickly and carefully trying to not miss a beat tripping on the skipping ropes sliding under my feet, and making a thump when it hit the pavement. Teddy Bear Teddy Bear…….

Questions so many questions come to mind; could I still jump rope if I had the chance? Where are those rhymes? Where did my Penny Loafers go? Pieces only pieces. I swing my legs up in the air and swing high; I remember how this used to make me feel so free, like I was flying. I close my eyes and kick up my legs I can feel the breeze blow through my hair as I listen to the sound of children screaming and laughing. Higher and higher.  It seems things have not changed. Touch your shoe…..

The thumping sound of a basketball breaks my train of thought the rubber against the pavement and then the familiar sound of the ringing as the ball bounces off the rim. Someone shouts "Rebound" I remember. The bounce, sounds of a shuffle, ringing sound, and bounces off the rim again, boys laughing, then more shuffling. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers…..

Opening my eyes I can see a circle of girls sitting on the grass huddled and giggling I remember huddling and giggling and talking about boys in the playground long ago, it seems things have not changed. A small boy wanders around the pavement kicking a pinecone much like a soccer ball while a laughing group of boys a hundred feet away kick a soccer ball around enjoying each other's company; I feel a profound sadness for this pinecone boy. It seems things have not changed. Teddy Bear Teddy Bear…..



I jump off the swing and watch the momentum continue without me, I move to the park bench surrounded by these loud sounds of laughter mixed with excited screams of the children. Where have all my Skipping Rhymes gone? Teddy Bear Teddy Bear touch your shoe….Teddy Bear Teddy Bear say Goodnight…..

Suddenly the shrill ringing of the school bell pierces my ears and the Rhyme retreats, children screaming and laughing, the sound of running feet on the pavement, heavy doors closing, and finally the sound of silence. Teddy Bear…. It seems things may have changed.

Do you remember your Skipping Rhymes?

Happy Birthday my dear sweet Kat.


Later

40 comments:

  1. I don't remember much about jumping rope rhymes except for Miss Mary Mac,(which I taught to my first graders when I was a teacher) and some ditty about the alphabet-(A my name is Amanda...or something like that) I played 4-Square, and a lot of hopscotch. And of course- gossiping with the girls!

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  2. How much fun, and what a lovely piece! I, too, can remember bits and pieces of some of those rhymes- I'm going to be thinking about this throughout the day!

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  3. I can't remember one dang rhyme right now -- but I know there were some.

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  4. I can't recall any skipping rhymes, though I do remember singing or trying to when skipping...hugs M xoxo

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  5. Ahhh...I've always loved Teddy Bear, teddy bear....

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  6. As old as I am I do remember the skipping rhymes. ;-)

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  7. I remember Teddy Bear :) I also remember playing Cat's Cradle and marbles at recess!

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  8. Wasn't there one that started "vote vote vote for dear old..." That is the only one I can bring to mind. I was a bit of a clumsy skipper so wasn't included in the recess skip-a-thons unless they needed a rope turner.

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  9. Fond school day memories B. I do remember some skipping rhymes, and double dutch was my fave. My granddaughter is starting to skip, and I tried to demonstrate for her. Well, lets just say some things have really changed.

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  10. I remember the Teddy Bear one, although I never sang it while skipping.

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  11. lovely written memories!

    and I can be your double dutch partner!

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  12. I remember fragments of games played, but was never one for skipping rope. Kickball and Basketball were more my speed. Sadly now, swings and kickball are gone from schoolyards, as are games such as Red Rover.

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  13. wonderful childhood memories, we didn't know how good we had it!!

    recess, naps, jump rope, jacks and kick ball, it was all such fun!! oh and kick the can, remember that??

    i remember teddy bear and many others!!

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  14. I couldn't wait to be done with childhood and now wish I could go back. We had so many rhymes that I don't recall now. I loved jumping rope, playing jacks, and riding bikes.

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  15. I can't seem to remember any rhymes except Miss Mary Mack. We played a lot of kick ball, and I loved playing on the swings. I felt like I was flying, too. And of course, many versions of tag.

    This is a lovely piece, B.

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  16. I think swinging, now, would make me very dizzy - although I think I could probably do a couple jumps with a rope. I think I remember about the same amount of the Teddy Bear rhyme that you do, but there is an old hand clapping song I could probably still sing (and do the hand claps).

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  17. I like the first image, with the shadow!!!
    I don't remember my skipping rhymes, but will likely come up with some when I am trying to fall asleep tonight...

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  18. the only one i knew was a jump rope thing: not last night but the night before, 24 robbers came knockin' at my door...

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  19. Aww that poor pinecone boy. You're right, things never change.

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  20. This post has me reaching way back into the deep-freeze that is my mind. I remember a few words from Spanish Dancer, like TexWisGirl, and that's it for now. I'll be trying to remember rhymes for the rest of the day now! lol

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  21. I always envied those girls who were able to jump over ropes like that. I have co ordination issues and could never manage it! T is crazy how those memories can feel like yesterday and how it is possible to still feel like a child inside, until you open your eyes and remember where you are!

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  22. A my name is Alice, my husbands name is Al, we come from Alabama and we sell apples. B my name is Betty.... :)

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  23. i forgot to say that i was on a swing recently and i really overdid it!!

    rocking is plenty, i was "pumping"!

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  24. Oh reading your words transported me back in time too. School days were wonderful, especially at break time when you got out to play. We played with skipping ropes and hopscotch - such innocent fun. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)

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  25. Oh! How I enjoyed this post. It brought back some memories of my own as well. I remember Miss Mary Mack and CeeCee My Play Mate like it was yesterday. Good times.

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  26. Oh ignited memories swirl "Teddy bear Teddy bear touch the ground, teddy bear teddy bear turn around ?" ~and the pine cone boy grows up to be a famous inventor.

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  27. What lovely memories! I can't remember a single one of those silly rhymes either. :(

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  28. We used to jump rope to the rhyme blue bells cockle shells and yes Teddy bear , Teddy bear reading all the rhymes others remember here to is awesome I know most of them . Oh my you brought back so many of my memories like this to , thank you ! Wonderful post . Thanks for sharing . Have a great day !

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  29. When I taught in the Washington D.C. suburbs I had some 3rd grade girls that had the funniest (and g-rated) jump roping rhymes. Good memories.

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  30. I try to recite rhymes to my little ones. One mom I know said "Kids are into Dora the Explorer now, nursery rhymes are out." I didn't like that idea...so I try to keep the rhymes alive.

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  31. Yes, I remember a lot of the old skipping rhymes. The other girls in the neighborhood and I did a LOT of rope jumping in the back alley when we were kids. I like to think I could still jump pretty well, but let me tell ya what happened three years ago or so... I wanted to show one of my granddaughters how to jump in when two people were spinning the rope, so she and my son did the spinning honors for me, and I jumped in. Perfectly, too. It felt great. Then I immediately fell on my arse. I was laughing like an idiot, but the rest of the family was horrified. They wouldn't "let" me play anymore. The spoilsports.

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  32. I can't remember them but my daughters would and I will ask them when they visit! It's been years.....I love the sound of children playing. xo

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  33. I remember fun times at recess...but I was never much good at Double Dutch! :) I hope the pine cone boy had a good day...that sticks in my mind ,and makes me sad!!!

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  34. How lovely. You brought to mind so many interesting school yard memories. I had not heard the Teddy bear Rhyme - so, i looked it up - and I'll begin including it in story times - in honor of YOU.

    Me? i was much like the pine cone boy - My family traveled a lot - which keeps kids on the outside -
    I NEVER feel like an outsider visiting you.

    Happy Day!
    -g-

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  35. Beautiful words. Nicely written. Brings back a lot of memories.

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  36. lets see...ice cream soda, delaware punch, tell me the letters of your honeybunch...then you go through the alphabet...

    or, not last night but the night before 24 robbers came knocking at my door, i ran out, they ran in, hit me over the head with a rolling pin lol

    that's all that comes to mind right now...i don't think kids do this anymore...we also had a lot of cheers from softball too!

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  37. A lovely wander down memory lane. Teddy Bear Teddy Bear turn around, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground, Teddy bear Teddy Bear turn out the light, Teddy bear Teddy Bear say good night. You are pretty agile jumping off the swing...way to go. I used to train a jump rope team when I was teaching. Some of the things kids can do with ropes these days is mind boggling.

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  38. Spending time with a great niece I have been on a swing, but unlike you I didn't have the guts to jump off. I always had to dig deep in my memory for lots of the songs I sang as a child. Amazing how I remembered so many to sing with my great niece. But I don't remember any for jumping rope.

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  39. ...hit me over the head with a bottle of gin...lol
    funny how those stay in the recesses of your brain! the two girls next door double dutch and it's funny how the same rhymes keep going, generation after generation.

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