Games Children No Longer Play


When I was a child growing up, the neighborhood was always alive with the chatter of children. As soon as school was out for the day or in the summer months, we'd play familiar games until the sun went down or we were called in for supper. We would banter, laugh, argue and scream. We were creative, cunning and competitive. We would run, climb and jump. In today's neighborhoods we see far less activity. Kids are smarter but less fit. Video games often replace ball games. Many schools are doing away with recess in favor of study. The loss for children is physical health and social interaction. Here are some games kids no longer play.


Jumping Rope -

The practice of jumping rope is believed to have had its start somewhere around 1600 BC. Vines and bamboo were used as well as various types of hoops. Jumping rope originated in Egypt and Australia and made its way to China, Europe and eventually the United States where it became very popular among children. Jumping rope is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. It can burn up to 1000 calories per hour. It tones muscles all over the body and optimizes cardiovascular conditioning. Besides the physical benefits, jumping rope promotes rhythm, coordination and self-esteem.


Tag -

The game of tag goes back to ancient Rome where it was played even by the likes of Julius Caesar. It is said that in 44BC, he slipped on his toga while playing and fell into Marcus Junius Brutus where he uttered the famous "Et tu, Brute". The English translation is "Brutus, you're it". Hmm. The game of tag has many benefits. Besides the obvious physical exercise of running it teaches children to become more aware of what's around them and to take chances. It also prompts them to be creative and to strategize to win. You can burn 115 calories or more in an hour playing tag. And it's nice to no longer be "it" anymore.


Hide and Seek -

The game of hide and seek is played all over the world. In the 2nd century, Greek writer, Julius Pollux described it in his work. It is called "jeu de cache cache" in France and "cucumbe" in El Salvador. Unless you're "it" (the seeker) the game fosters imagination and creativity. The hider must learn to plan and perceptual skills are heightened. Hide and Seek teaches children to count and to be independent. Since it is usually played outside the benefits include getting fresh air and warding off boredom.


Hopscotch -

The origin of the game of hopscotch is traced back to ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire. It was used as a military exercise to improve the soldiers' footwork. The first hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long. Hopscotch is great for developing strength and balance. It works the leg muscles as well as other important core muscles. There was a time when hopscotch courts could be found in any playground. If there aren't any, the simple remedy is a piece of chalk and a stone. Let the hopping begin.


Dodge Ball -

The history behind the game of dodge ball isn't clear. Some say it was created by cave men when they tossed a rock at the glaring sun and had to dodge it when it came down. Most attribute the origin to Augustus Hagerson in Africa in 1832. The object of the game, of course, is to hit your opponent with the ball. Recently some schools have banned the game citing its violent nature. Dodge ball can increase overall athleticism helping muscles work together and develop strength. It improves hand/eye coordination, is great for stress relief and fosters mental awareness of your surroundings.


Red Rover -

The game of Red Rover which is also called Bullrush and Octopus Tag originated in 19th century Britain. It eventually spread to Australia, Canada and the United States. "Rover" is the Norwegian word for "pirate" and some believe the British were baiting the Viking raiders to "come over". Like dodge ball, many schools have banned the game of red rover. Players form opposite teams 15 to 30 feet apart and form a linked hand chain then dare someone from the opposing team to break through. Besides the healthy benefits of running, red rover promotes team spirit and cooperation.


Marbles -

Though no one is sure where and when the game of marbles began, it likely had its start with the early Egyptians and spread to the rest of the world. Ancient games of marbles were played with fruit pits, pebbles or nuts but the name comes the 18th century practice of making them from marble chips. There are a variety of games played with marbles where players shoot, roll or even pitch the marbles for different objectives. The benefits include better judgement of angles, gravity, speed and control as well as improved hand to eye coordination.


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What game did you play as a child?

  • Hide and Seek
  • Hopscotch
  • Dodge Ball
  • Red Rover
  • Marbles
  • Jump Rope
  • Tag
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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

How true this is. Kids no longer seem to play the traditional games we played as children. Its sad really. I used to love playing marbles and hopscotch. Great hub. Voted up and awesome.


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MaineWriter 5 years ago from Maine

How true. I often wonder if our children's generation will have the type of imagination we once had. We are allowing our children to drone out in front of TVs and not allow them to play outside,creating imagination and team building skills.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Hi Jacqui - I can't remember the last time I've seen children jumping rope or playing hopscotch. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Deb_in_CT 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

They may not do them so much in school as they cut back on time spent in PE. But any child with a sibling or friend/neighbor will resort to these games like tag, hopscotch and most definitely hide and seek. I'm not teaching these games to my kids...they just pick them up. I know marbles is no longer a game that is seen around, but I must say I was surprised to see the other games on your list as being phased out. Although I don't fully agree with your points, it's a well written hub, nonetheless.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Various schools have banned tag, because it's unfair, Red Rover because it's too violent, Dodgeball, too violent, and marbles because it's gambling.

But they do allow rap music and condoms.

Great Hub and great memories!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

And you're correct. This is why yesterday's kids were trim and fit while today's kids are overweight.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

MaineWriter - I agree. I appreciate the comment.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My sons went to a school that got rid of all contact sports. It is sad that children are no longer playing these games as we did as children. Too many electronic games and technology.

Great Hub!


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan

You named a few of my favorite games as a child. We also played "High Water, Low Water", which is a lot like "Red Rover" but the group would raise and lower their arms in a wave as the opposing team came across, so they had a chance of getting under the arms. We also played a game called "Poison", like "Hopscotch", you would draw your court out with chalk or a rock. This court was a large square with several squares inside it and some of them would have a skull and crossbones in them and if you landed on one of those you were out of the game. "Fox and Hens" was another fun game where we would make a pie shape in the snow and cut pie pieces to the center where the fox was. The hens would wander close to the fox and risk a chance of being caught. I'm not sure if these games existed before or if they came from the imagination of my older siblings. They were however, our favorite games to play.

Nice hub.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Deb - It's great that your children are naturally taking to these games. Thank you so much for reading.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

I played all the above mentioned games and we had so much fun as children playing them. Thanks for sharing and the memories of those childhood games.


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

My kids play all of these games, both at school and at home. Their school is excellent at promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.

I have three young boys, and they're all incredibly active, play outside as soon as they get home from school, and argue about having to come back inside for meals. They're rowdy, and creative and a lot of fun. And I know that most of their friends are the same. I think where we live the kids who don't play out, and who spend all of their free time staring at a screen, are in the minority, which is great. We don't have a lot of space for them to play, our council is not good at maintaining play areas or green areas - but the kids make the best of what they have. Maybe our area is a little old-fashioned, but that's great, and I hope it stays this way.

Lovely hub, thanks for sharing your memories.

Linda.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

When I was a boy growing up in the city, kids played in the streets for hours. Our mothers had to beg us to come in at times, even for meals. We were all caught up in the games as you mention in your hub. I use to love playing hide n seek.

And we would hide for blocks, on roofs, behind dumpsters,under stairwells and yes even under parked cars, now that was risky, yet I don't remember hearing of any kid getting run over. Nowadays it's rare to find kids in the street playing games, hockey, etc etc. they are wrapped up in front of a t.v. set of computer video game, how sad is that.

Their minds are turning to mush, no oxygen from playing outdoors to run through their brains. Rated Up great hub.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Games were perfect, both mentally and physically, because kids needed no urging to play.

When did parents and teachers become so protective that they banned competitive games? Children are rugged, both mentally and physically, and games teach them how to try, how to win, and yes, how to lose! It was all part of growing up and learning, which is why I despise the limp-wristed school adminstrators of today who refuse to keep score lest some kid lose 'self esteem'.

What crap! One must first learn how to lose, if one is ever to learn how to strive to win! It's all part of life.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

WillStarr - I agree that competition is healthy for children. And even though Deb and Lady Wordsmith's children are still playing these games there is a trend now in the schools to de-emphasize physical education in lieu of more learning. And many parents prefer the ease of electronic babysitting to a game of backyard basketball.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Just Ask Susan - I can't imagine banning all contact sports in school. Crazy. Glad you could stop by.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Dardia - Fox and Hens sounds like fun though I never played it. There is much imagination in these games. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Definitely got me thinking, Suzanne. I remember when I was young, every available second was spent playing football (soccer) in the street, in clearings in the woods, or in parks. Home from school, quick change and out to kick the ball around wherever we could, before the inevitable shout for dinner time. It used to be great, dads and neighbours would come out to join in and impart their "Expert" advice - the occasional smashed or cracked window was par for the course.

Young boys nowadays don't go out and play these games - they are too busy playing them in virtual reality on their PC's, living what they see as the reality of being one of the world's top players, while I and untold other millions could only fantasise.

Great Hub, great point - and I am in no doubt whatsoever as to which option I prefer... :)


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Fiddleman - Nice to see you here. And you're welcome.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Lady Wordsmith - I hope your neighborhood stays old-fashioned. Children are quite resourceful when given the right environment. It was great of you to stop by and comment. Thanks.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great hub and sad but true. The rule when I was a kid that we had to be back at our house 15 minutes after the street lights turned on. We played many of the games you mentioned, and others like "kick the can." This was a variation of tag with a can you were supposed to keep anyone from kicking. If they kicked the can, you had to retrieve it and set it up again.

All of this was before TV was invented and computers and video games were only a dream.

I almost wish we could go back to those times.


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Nice hub Suziecat! Those were the days, when kids spent a lot of time playing outside. Unfortunately for me, my Mom wouldn't allow me to play outside with my friends, it was study, study and study though my two brothers had plenty of opportunities to do so. Still, I would find a way :)

As for my son, in this day and age of video games, we're fortunate that he is very active and loves playing outside when he has the chance. When we were in northern Virginia, he would go out to the playground and would play tag there with the other kids. He also loves soccer. Back here in our home country (Philippines), we live in a highly urbanized area so there's no place for kids to play outside. At least the schools here still places a premium on physical activities and sports. They play tag and some other games during recess, and school sports are big here. Our son is only 10 years old, but he's a member of his school's varsity soccer team (yes, we have varsity teams in elementary grade levels in our schools here) and they compete against other schools during the school year.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Back when I was a child (no, I'm not telling you my age but it was decades ago) what you outlined here was what we did at recess, physical activities sessions (daily) and after school. Were there chubbies? A few but not many. Kids now generally are sedentary and a lot of their parents are too.

Great Hub. Back then there were winners and losers and the competition was keen. Today we want to reward the losers along with the winners. Yep, things have changed.

Great write up Suzie.

The Frog Prince


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Saddlerider - It is very sad. We'd have day long hide and seek games in my neighborhood too with a dozen kids involved. We got pretty creative. Thanks so much for reading.


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

This reminded me of a couple of games I never hear of anymore.

kick the Can. Everyone played this when I was a kid.

500. This was for kids who liked to play baseball. The batter would hit the ball and everyone else would try to catch it. If you dropped it then you lost points. If you held on then you gained points. The first to reach 500 would get a chance to bat.

Fly balls = 100 points

1 bounce = 75 points

2 bounces = 50 points

3 bounces = 25 points.

Then there was freeze tag and football too. Staying indoors meant getting badgered until we went outside.


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

Great Hub. We used to play most of these games in the street when I was young, and we also played "pretend" type games when backyards were larger and there weren't any fences between houses or when climbing the fence into the yards of your neighbors wasn't frowned upon. We would climb into yards that looked promising to play "safari" or "circus" or anything else that the setting inspired. When my own children were growing up, we lived at the end of a cul-de-sac, and after school until dark, with only a break for dinner and chores, any kid who had finished his homework was in the street playing pick-up baseball, soccer, tag, or hide and seek, or they were building forts, riding bikes, or climbing trees. As long as you were outside, active, and playing with someone, it didn't matter. This was up to 1991, and only a few children were getting computers or hand-held video games which were just hitting the market at reasonable prices. They were still novelties back then. Today, when I'm at my house which is in a typical suburban neighborhood, I do see kids riding wheeled toys and bikes outside or playing baseball or basketball in the park. I also see an occasional portable basketball hoop near the curb in the street. I also see a children walking with their parents. I think many parents have become more protective of their children since we have so many people out there who kidnap and harm children, not to mention bullies and molesters. Any kid who lived within a quarter of a mile, and sometimes farther, walked or rode a bike to school back then, too. Where I live now the schools are much farther away and parents drive children to school or they are bused, so they are also losing that daily walking exercise.


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Lauryallan 5 years ago

I have 2 brothers and apart from marbles we played all these games growing up. They were really fun and kept us fit. It's easy to see how as adults it's so easy to put on weight with our sedate lifestyles and we are teaching that to our kids at a younger and younger age. It's disappointing and sad but also true.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

This hub is so wonderful. We use to have so much fun as children. And at my grammar school, overweight kids were such a rarity that those that were got picked on.

Technology is ok but it sure does not substitute for wholesome fun. Thanks for the great memories.


Ghost32 5 years ago

I seldom thought of most games as "fun" because I was so absolutely, deadly serious about winning, regardless of the game. Not that I won more often than others, but my (carefully hiddden--or was it?) inner ferocity remained relentless, regardless of my stats.

Several other games come to mind, but one with emphasis: KEEPAWAY. The rules are simple enough. One person has the ball (the kind of ball doesn't matter much, and it doesn't even have to be a ball)...and runs like...Heck. Everybody else goes after him or her, often screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs.

The object: Get the ball away from that guy! (Or gal.)

Then, WHOEVER came up with the ball was now the prey, and everyone else the predators. I learned a powerful thing from that game...and therein lies a whole 'nother Hub!

Voted Up and lots of buttons.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

Good one Suzie. It's the old 'ealth and safety and a compensation-culture that wants to sue every time little Johnny gets a bruise. Plus, it's the second or even third generation like this, so the parents don't know any better. What with junk food and the lack of exercise, the States and Britain will soon be a nation of pasty, overweight slugs who can in no way compete with hungrier, leaner and fitter Chinese, etc. Bob


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I remember all of these except "Dodge Ball."I think what was great about these games is that grown-ups were not involved. It seems like parents and teachers want to dictate the rules now. Maybe that is why kids retreat into video games.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Great hub, Suziecat!

I played all these games as a kid tho' we called jumping rope Skipping and Tag was Tig. Chain tig was especially dangerous as when you were 'tigged' you held hands with the 'tigger' - that way you ended up with a long chain which became hard to evade if you were the only one left untigged. And as the chain ran the ones on the end had to run much harder and often got swung off their feet!

We also had lots of other outdoor games such as Fox and Hounds, Block, Polly on the Mop, Kiss Catch, What time is it Mr Wolf, the Farmer wants a wife ... oh, and conkers in autumn.

Now look what you've started! Lol ..


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed your excellent article. Recess is going away because of the plethora of lawsuits against schools for kids hurt during recess. When I was a kid, sure we got hurt, but nobody thought about suing anybody else because of it.

I actually did see some girls playing hopscotch the other day! Dodge ball is out because it isolates one person as the winner. Nowadays, progressive educators want to make every kid the winner. Some schools have even cut Valedictorian since it makes one child look as if if she has achieved more than others. It reminds me of Harrison Bergeron . . .


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Ah yes - I remember them all - and Freeze Tag - and Simon Says....isn't childhood supposed to be about scraped knees and all that?


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Cassidella 5 years ago

This hub brings back fond memories! My faves from your list are hopscotch and tag. I agree with you. Not only are children losing out on physical fitness but also social skills that come from a child's play. We should get them outside and show them these games. Once they do, maybe they will find they actually like what they've been missing. (Maybe not during the heatwave though:) but soon.) Really enjoyed this hub suziecat!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, Suzanne. You're right about all these games. I thought traditional games will disappear slowly by the time. Technology give influence to this case, where kids love Playsation than hide and seek, hopscotch or even marbles. Thanks to remind us about this. I hope we can introduce more to them...amen. Vote up!

Prasetio


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Gordon - It's true - virtual reality is the new reality for a lot of kids. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Old Poolman - It's amazing how we all remember playing those games. They were nearly universal. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Moira - It's great that your son is so physically active and that the local schools support that. Too many kids spend idle time in front of the TV and computer. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment.


fashion 5 years ago

Great and interesting hub.I love these games.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Frog Prince - thanks.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Suzie - what a great hub subject - and well researched, too. I feel really sad at the disinterest in - well - in being kids! Now they're talking about dating (even calling him her "hubby" before the first signs of maturity), dieting and getting cosmetic surgery at ages when kids used to be concerned about playing till dark and getting "bangaids" on scuffed skins. What a loss.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Daffy Duck - Great memories of outdoor fun. Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

WannaB Writer - Parents are more protective and for good reason. Still there is something lost because of this. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to comment.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Lauryallen - I agree. Thanks for reading.


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Dexter - You're welcome. Nice to see you.


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Ghost - Thanks so much for the interesting comment and for the vote up!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Diogenes - I couldn't agree more.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Dahoglund - Parents do tend to be over-protective these days. Thanks for reading.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

I looked in two dozen stores last summer for marbles in Central Ohio and no one carried them. I finally found some in Michigan. It was strange.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Angie - Great memories of childhood fun. Really appreciate your stopping by.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

You can still find equipment for these in dollar stores where I live. I played many of these-dsespite not being that athletic-we were always outside. I am 35 and from what I understand, my decade of childhood-the 1980's-was the last one where children played outside without a parent watching or in a fence dyard. The 1990s saw children playing under supervision outside in their own fenced yards. Now no more.


alazani67 5 years ago

Thank you for adding all of those hubs I really like them.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Funny you should mention marbles. My daughter wanted to buy some for my grandson and couldn't find any anywhere. Where have all the marbles gone?


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marriednokids 5 years ago from California

Sad but true. Great hub down memory lane


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

James - I forgot about Harrison Bergeron and re-visited the story. Always nice to see you and thanks for commenting.


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flagostomos 5 years ago from Washington, United States

One of the reasons kids don't play these games anymore is because schools kick it out of you - the elementary school I went to outlawed tag, dodgeball, red rover, and a whole slew of games like these because they were contact - we were quite literally told not to touch the other students at all. I think a lot of factors contribute to why.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Akirchner - I forgot Simon Says - good one. Yes, scraped knees were considered part of childhood in my day too. Thanks for reading, my friend.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Cassidella - I'm so glad you enjoyed and stopped by to comment. Thanks.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Pras - You're right. traditional games are disappearing as technology becomes more popular. We need to get kids outside more. Thanks for reading, Pras. It's always nice to see you.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Fashion - Glad you enjoyed.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Nellieanna - You are so right. Kids are almost too mature for their ages these days. I think when I heard people calling the schoolyard a campus, I knew being a kid was different. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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TroyM 5 years ago

Outdoor games are always helpful for kid's mental and physical growth. Great Article and Great Games!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful points, Suzy--you are so right! Many schools have dropped P.E. programs as well, so that doesn't help the situation. Brought back many memories! There are far too many sedentary toys for kids today and they ignore physical activity.


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Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

It is a shame how children are pressured to be little adults. What is wrong with kids being kids? I played all these games as a child and I cherish those memories. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Good Article!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Patty - That's sad. Marbles is a classic game with many versions depending on imagination. Apparently you are not the only one having a difficult time finding them. Thank you for your comment.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Flora - Life for children is changing rapidly. Glad you could stop by.


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Alazani67 - You are welcome.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

BP - You are not the only one who couldn't find marbles. Patty had the same problem. Thank you so much for reading.


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mothercristina 5 years ago

Well, I definitely keep some of these games alive, but I can understand about red rover. It's like who can pop out who's shoulder lol.


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VCUgirl 5 years ago from Virginia

Great hub! Reading this made me feel nostalgic, and I'm only 19! It is true, though, that kids these days don't seem to take as much pleasure in these games as I used to when I was there age. It's sad, because those games are fantastic fun.


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carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

This is great; what a trip down Memory Lane. I played all of these games, except marbles. I just never understood the game, and therefore saw no purpose for it. My friends and I also played two other games: "Simon Says" and "Mother, May I". But the computer has replaced all things, regarding physical education for our children. Not only that, but when we were young, and playing outside, we were not afraid of being harmed by "bad people". We often slept with our doors unlocked, intentionally! Those were the days. Thank you for reminding me.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

What fun we had playing those games as children. My own kids, now grown (the youngest is 19) used to get together with a gang of neighborhood children. Led by an older girl, they played those playground games on a large lot on the next street. How wonderful it was to hear those screams of delight, the laughter, and joyful yelling. Kids who run around like that really blow off steam.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Married - Thanks for reading.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Flago - I agree. Thanks for the comment.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks, Troy.


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

Hi Susiecat7,

Many of these games that some children no longer play are very helpful to assist children with weight loss. Many children these days are active by playing the "Wii Exercise Video Game." Well written hub, thanks. http://hubpages.com/family/OldschoolChildhood


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

When I was growing up little girls were the greatest rope jumbers...hours upon hours of practice. They were great baton twilers too! The sidewalks had Hopskotch diagram all about, marble holes were present on most playgrounds, and while the guys played marbles the little girls played Jacks. All that has been replaced by the electronic media which creates and employs all th imagination...all you need is a set of thumbs! Heck, kids don't even get to play outside much anymore...life has truly changed for the worse. Thanks for the memories. WB


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carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

I totally agree; I was one of those little girls jumping rope. But today, our little girls are on the computer, and either causing trouble, or looking for it. They're looking at pages they should never see. And the worse part is, now that it' been started, you cannot take it away. Computers are here forvever!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Thank you for taking me back to my precious childhood where MOST of these games you've talked about were everyday events--fun and great to play. I am so glad that I am one of your followers for YOU are a GREAT writer.


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maxravi 5 years ago from India

Well I feel nostalgic after reading your hub.

Thanks and nice one!


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Iontach 5 years ago

Hi Suzicat7,

This is all sooo true! I've been thinking of this for the past few years, I know it makes me sound old. I really hate the way children are missing out on these games. I remember playing "kick the can" when I was younger with all my friends and how much more fun it was than staying indoors playing computer games.

I really miss my childhood now! lol


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Gosh this was a trip down memory lane.

I loved and vote up without a doubt.

Here's to many more to share.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Denise - I don't know what's wrong with the schools. They probably got heat from parents who didn't want Johnny to scrape his knees. Thank you so much for commenting.


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Miss Paula 5 years ago

this is so true,kids do not play like we did when we were kids. and I agree that's why there are so many over weight kids today. This brought back a lot of memories I play all these games when I was a kid and they were fun.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is so true. My favourite was always Statues. The kids would line up and one would stand at the front with their back to you, when they said start, the kids would try and creep forward without the one at the front seeing them. it was great because if the leader turned around, you had to stay completely still, that was great, unless you were on one foot! ha ha great memories thanks, nell


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Coolmon - You're welcome. Glad you could stop by.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Motherchristina - Yeah, red rover could be a little tough. Thanks for reading.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

VCU - Let's hope some of these games get revived again. Thanks for reading.


carolynaridge 5 years ago

Wouldn't that be great! Talk about old-school!! Just by participating in some of these games, it could replace a lot of the doctors' visits, and medications that we take. What a concept1


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Carolyn - Glad you enjoyed. We all share that trip down Memory Lane. Thanks for commenting.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Dolores - Yes we did have some fun, didn't we? Nice to see you as usual.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Brina - You are welcome.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks for your comment, Wayne.


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dawney 5 years ago from California

What a fantastic hub, I made sure when it was time to buy a house we moved to a "kid friendly" neighborhood. I am fortunate my kids are out playing all the time and we have a park nearby. All these games are awesome and I love watching the dynamics of the game unfold between friends. However, I have found something unusual with some of today's parents of younger kids. They have scheduled play activities and even go so far as to sort and color code legos which I cant seem to wrap my head around. How are your kids supposed to be creative and have fun when everything is planned out for them? So I say, "Hey kid! get dirty rolling around in sidewalk chalk, argue with your friends over "who's it", ride your bike like there's someone chasing you, mix your playdoh with some rocks and blow all your allowance on snow cones and blow pops from the ice cream man."


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Kenneth - Thank you so much.


carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

This is great, just reading all of your comments, and remembering the "good-ole-days". Sometimes I wish that I never had to leave those days; other times I can't imagine life, being stuck back there. Go figure!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Maxravi - You're welcome and thank you for reading.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Iontach - Yes, there's the social aspect too. These games brought children together. Computer games are more isolating. Thanks for your comment.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Eiddwen - A trip down memory lane in fun once in awhile. Thanks for the vote up!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Miss Paula - Yes they were fun. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Nell Rose - I forgot about Statues!! Loved that game. Thanks for reminding me and for stopping by!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Dawney - You're right about parents planning every little activity for their kids. It takes away individual creativity and team work as well. Thanks for stopping by.


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carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

Oh yeaah, and another thing: back in the day, children had cretive minds to invent their games. Today the computer has invented, and controls their games. They don't need creativity; they just need time to play the computerized game !!


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carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

Okay, hey, I don't want to be the dark cloud, but when Dawney spoke about kids running and playing, and having fun in the park, it just saddened me because today we cannot let our kids "run free". Maybe I'm paranoid, but I would be scared to death to let my kids play in the park today -- even with me there watching. Okay, so maybe I've been reading too many crime books, or watching too many crime movies, or too much "Lifetime", or whatever! That freedom will never be the same again -- because of all of the predators on the loose. Remember, when kids could go "trick-or-treating", without being afraid, or when they could actually eat the treats they received? I don't have that same trust anymore, but the kids pay the highest price!


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sheila b. 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your descriptions and enjoyed your humor. And I'll join the others who know it's lack of exercise making our children fat, not lack of celery.


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DRG Da Real Grinc 5 years ago from All over the USA

I love dodge ball. I have a 9 year old and I just ask him if he plays it in school and he had no idea what I was talking about. Ask him about online games and he'll name dozens. It ridiculous.


carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

Our parents probably passed these games down to us. What games will we pass to our kids?


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janikon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

i still love a good game of 'hide & seek' but unfortunately, like many have already mentioned red rover was banned from my school - far too violent (i loved the game but was a strain on the arms, after awhile)

i sucked at marbles, which is probably why i never took up gambling


carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

I still think my favorite game was "Mother, May I ?". In this game, the leader would give you a command (i.e. "Stand on one foot, and hop around.") If you proceeded to stand on one foot, and hop around, without asking the question, "Mother, may I?" -- you were disqualified from the game. Then the next person in line would receive his command, and if he did the command, without permission from "Mother", he too would be disqualified. At the end of the game, the winner was the one who always asked, "Mother, may I', before completing his assignment. The object of the game was to remember to ask for permission, before you executed the demand. The last man standing, was the winner! Life was so simple back then! This game compelled you to pay attention to detail, by receiving approval, before taking action. This is a great hub; keep up the good work!


september girl 5 years ago

Those were the days weren't they? I loved every game you mentioned, as I use to play and participate in them all. I was never very good in tag, as I could not run real fast, so I compensated, becoming good at dodging my partner trying to tag me. Do you remember all the sayings we use to have with jumprope? Whether we played by ourselves or with others. Such good memories as a child. Thanks for bringing them all back! : )It's sad for the kids of today...they don't know what they are missing!


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xXSweetiXx 5 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

Awesome Hub! One Question, What ever happened to kick the can?!! That was an awesome game we used to play for hours!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you all for the comments. I do remember kick the can.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Excellently written Suziecat. It brought back memories of some of the games I used to play when I was in school and even some of the games I played with neighbors. It's a shame that many kids are not playing much of these games anymore. Dodgeball was one of my favorites, but also did like Hide and Seek. Your article about these games was really cool because I learned about the history of the games, which is something I didn't know. Definitely got my vote up! Thank you. :)


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lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

My kids still play all of these games except marbles, but they do spend more time on video games and other electronic games than these old-fashioned ones.


carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

lisa42, that is very refreshing to hear. Good for you !!


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andromida 5 years ago

I still miss playing hide and seek.I think still children love playing hide and seek, though most are fascinated with online or video games.


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Edna and Earl 5 years ago from The Cliffs of Insanity

I miss those games! kids are missing out on so much fun these days... Great hub :)


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

OMG! Oh how I loved to play Dodgeball when I was a kid! Thanks for bringing back some good memories. Great hub.


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Sparrowlet 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is hubtastic! I have linked it on my children's poetry website!


carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

Whenever I'm in the mood for a stroll down memory lane, it's comforting to know that your hub is available to take me there! Luv it !!


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Painted Seahorse 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

I loved all these games when I was a kid, especially hide and seek and red rover. Our parents would kick us out of the house in the morning and tell us not to come back unless it was an emergency, and we'd just play all day with the neighborhood kids, riding bikes and playing games. I liked the story behind Red Rover. Great hub!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Really neat hub! Wouldn't it be amazing if everyone of us found a kid and played a game with him or her today? :)


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zanaworld 4 years ago from Bangalore

very good hub.

it rekindled memories of my childhood. I did played some of these games...


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you all for your comments. It's nice to remember these games as they were so much part of our childhood.


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Kiki J 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Dear suziecat7, I just wrote about funny made up games,in a new hub "Kids with Imagination" and wondered if you had any bedtime games I could use with my grandchildren,apart from adapting real picture book stories to suit them! I agree kids need physical and imaginative stimuli to thrive and be happy! V.good hub, suziecat.


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lyns 4 years ago from USA

Wow, those were the days it funny I just played about 3 months ago with the little ones hop scotch only I couldn't bend over to pick up the chain so they had to pick it up for me each time, we all had fun they laughed... I like this one, thanks for sharing I gave it thumbs up, funny, for the memories and interesting, thanks again


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KoraleeP 4 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

Awesome and voted up. I was looking at my grandson the other day and was thinking by the time he grows up all the fun things I did as a child (that you have talked about in your hub) will probably be extinct.

Thanks for writing this hub and providing the histories of them. I think your hub is a good reminder to us older folks to keep these traditions alive.


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livelovelaugh5 4 years ago

This so true. Children nowadays don't physically play anymore. It's sad to see a child cooped up with some gadget rather than running outside.


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carolyn a. ridge 4 years ago

Children just don't play outside -- it's not cool. What lif one of their friends saw them. That would just create another social problem! Great Hun !! Maybe, one day, we'll get back to "real life", but I doubt it !


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carolyn a. ridge 4 years ago

Everytilme I start to feel nostalgic, I will come and read your bub. It's such a great reminder of how good we had it -- and either didn't know it -- or didn't appreciate it. Still a great hub!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Great hub!! We play old fashion games at our boys birthday parties and all the kids love it. Thanks for reminding me of marbles and other old games!!!


Emily 4 years ago

I work in Out of School Hours care and ALL the children in my centre plays every single one of the above games - INCLUDING marbles!


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you all for reading.


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aud99 3 years ago

Kids these days would rather play with their Playstation or iPad. Unfortunately, those hold a kid's interest so much better than old-fashioned games of hide-and-seek and marbles.


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Aud - so true. Thanks for reading.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Wow I could not find the comment box on here! They do have jump rope competitions in china and other nations around the world. Another game that I rarely see now is Jaxs. With all the molesting and kidnapping of children I can understand why no one want to play tag or hide and seek anymore. What has this world come too? It is sooooo sad.

I am sharing this.


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SubRon7 22 months ago from eastern North Dakota

Hey Suziecat7, long time no see. I no longer spend any time on HubPages except when certain favorite writers appear in my email. Horrors, I've been busted to a level 2 commenter! (Can level 1 and even disbarment be far behind?) Anyway, I caught your hub on Facebook. What caught my eye was "children" and "games" so I read the article part. I didn't read about the games except "Dodgeball" just curious. The other games I've played. Anyway, I'm keeping your hub in archive for future reference.

Thank you for a great hub!

James W Nelson


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suziecat7 22 months ago from Asheville, NC Author

Hi Lady Guinevere - Thank you. You're right things have changed drastically for sure.


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suziecat7 22 months ago from Asheville, NC Author

Hi James - I'm also not here all that much and believe I am a level 2 commenter too. :( Thanks for taking the time to read this.


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kenneth avery 22 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, dear suziecat7,

This is a great hub. Very in-depth and touching. I remember games I played when I was young such as: "Army," where I pretended to be in the Army and fighting enemy forces, but I was alone. My sister had married and moved off, so I had to imagine all of my games.

I have missed you, girl. Have you been doing okay?

I wish you and Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. I am so thankful to have you in my life.


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suziecat7 22 months ago from Asheville, NC Author

Hi Kenneth - It's good to see you too. I haven't been around here much but I'm coming back. All the best to you too!

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