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Monday, April 27, 2009

Fourth Folder Fourth Photo (Say that 10 times fast!)

Since I am not feeling terribly inspired this morning and I also have a ton of work to do both for work and outside in the garden I am copping out on this post and putting up the fourth folder fourth photo from my desktop. This is Number Two Son about 4 years ago when I decided that if it was spring there should be skipping. The street we used to live on in the city had about 15 boys under age 9 and so there wasn't a whole lot of skipping going on naturally.
My friend & I bought a bunch of skipping ropes, both individual and for the group. The cheap plastic ones that we had as kids were much better than the rope ones with wooden handles which were too light to turn properly. As we taught them to skip and they got the hang of it we started to remember all the rhymes. Does anyone remember "Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around ..." or "Apples, peaches, pears and plums. Tell me when your birthday comes" Or " Just last night, not the night before, twenty-four robbers came through my door." I wonder if they were the same rhymes everywhere?
We had so much fun, the boys did it a few times after that but I was never able to get them to try double dutch, too little back then and too cool for it now. Do little girls still skip? I never see anyone in the schoolyard doing it. I hope so.


  1. Hmmm, "skipping" must be a Canadian thing? It's "jumping" here... And, no. I rarely see anyone, girls or boys doing this anymore. I used to LOVE to jump rope.

  2. How about, "High, low, medium, slow, jolly old peppers...?" (The version I skipped to.)
    I don't see too many little girls skipping these days, but then our street is full of boys - and road hockey, basketball and skateboarding!

  3. No one does it much around here, although the other day some of the girls were trying - I think in our circle they're just getting old enough to get the hang of it; but honestly, how often do you see kids outside playing anymore? Sometimes it feels like it's just us!

  4. "Not last night but the night before, 24 robbers came knocking at my door......" YES- they do still jump on the play ground. I was a great jump roper. My Bird & co still jump. too cute..


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