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)
Afew 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?