Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Memories – Telephone

I liked to play Heads-Up-Seven-Up in third grade, Pom-Pom-Pull-Away in fourth grade, and Dodge Ball in sixth grade.  I loved to play Telephone always – trying to get the whispered phrase correct as it passed from lips to ear.  Hearing, perceptions, and speaking could all potentially skew the outcome, but once in awhile the message would ring true the whole way through the line.

Alyson, Deb, Lex  (Kelsey in the background between Lex and Deb)

A few years ago I learned another way to play Telephone.  It’s done by lining up front to back and then drawing a simple image (like a pig, pitcher of lemonade, basket of apples) on the back of the person in front of you with your finger.  That person then draws the image he felt drawn on his back on the person in front of him.  The game continues down the line until it reaches the first person who then draws the picture he felt on his back on a chalkboard where it is compared to the original image.  No talking.  No repeats.  And if you’re playing in teams, no peeking at the team playing next to you.  It's a great family night game.

We played it a few weeks ago when we had friends over for soup and sundaes.  The losing team scooped the ice cream for the winning team.

Last week I mentioned Jon Huntsman’s story and told you how I had found his example helpful.  I wrote that something bad had happened because of our public blog.  Because I wasn’t specific, it misled you.  We’ve all played on the blogground and so some might have thought it was unkind or gossipy remarks.  No, no, no.  I’m sorry.  I did not whisper clearly enough.  Something bad came as a result of something good that was posted.  That was all.  Bad coming from good is always discouraging, but I found Jon Huntsman’s story personally helpful.  In the meantime, I do appreciate your I’m-on-your-side remarks.  Nothing like being a part of a great team.  Thank you.  Next time I'll whisper louder.

What playground games did you like to play in grade school?


Susan said...

Dear Jane,

I used to play Fox and the Goose in grade school. And sweep pea with jump ropes. And we used to play kick ball with our male 6th grade teacher at last recess and try to make him forget what time it was so we could play until the final bell rang. That was always fun.


P.S. That is a very pretty picture of you!

Tyler - Danielle - Emree said...

I loved to play kick ball, but I always liked to win. When I played with Tanae she would beg that we played to that no one could lose. We spent many a recesses arguing... I would say, "If no on can lose, no one can win!" and she would say, "Well, I don't like when people lose." I would then reply, "But I like to win." I still always think about that. Sometimes it is nice to win, but it is probably better that no one loses lol.

Deidra said...

I've never played Pom Pom Pull-Away, so I had to look it up. (Weird, I consider myself pretty well-versed in old-time games.) I'll have to remember it for future kid parties!

Chris and I like to write on each others' back or hand during church and see if we can figure it out. We're bad enough with just two, I can't imagine trying to pass it down the line!

michelle said...

Funny, Eva just instigated several rounds of Telephone at our family Sunday dinner with Marc's parents! Grandpa always came up with something totally wrong.

I loved playing jump rope, tetherball, four square, and trying to flip around and around the bars on the playground.

Jill said...

I'm still confused about what happened, but am glad it doesn't seem to be something unkind.

Brenda Goodrich said...

My all-time favorite playground game was 4-square, mostly because I was good. Swinging was SO fun until the teachers forbade us to jump out after we could see the ground over the top bar. I also loved the bars and would twirl and twirl with my skirt tucked underneath so my panties wouldn't show. Wearing pants to school came one year too late---6th grade and middle school where it was thought very uncool to play games.

The one game I hated was Red Rover. It hurt.

Thanks for the memories!

Jess said...


I'm reading blog posts again & you are still my favorite blogger :) What a cute picture of you & what a fun way to play telephone! I must admit that my favorite playground game involved chasing boys & I'm not ashamed to admit it :)

Marie said...

The draw-on-your-back version of telephone is a great idea! I can only imagine how radically different the origional and the final versions are!

Elizabeth said...

I was always on the bars doing crazy flips and cherry drops.