We Played Hide & Seek

Remembrances of my childhood...

We didn’t have television back then - had never even heard of it.So what else are the kids in the neighborhood to do each evening after supper as we tried to squeeze as much playtime as possible out of each day.Moms were washing up the dishes, clearing the table and getting things ready for the next day, dads were reading the paper or listening to the news on the radio, and our older brothers and sisters who didn’t have time to listen to us kids anyway were busy doing their own thing, but that was alright with us.We could always gather up the other kids for a game or two of Hide and Seek before having to come inside for the night.My best friend Vincent called it Hoopy Hide, but it didn’t matter what you called it.Everyone has played it and our moms wouldn’t let us play in the house because dad couldn’t read the paper or listen to the news with a bunch of kids making all that noise, so we kids were happy just gathering under the only streetlight in our block and deciding who would be ‘it’ first.

Why not use the manhole cover in the middle of the street?

The street light was on a slight bank at Miss Moore’s house on the corner, but she didn’t like kids and wouldn’t let us run through her yard as we played so we couldn’t use the light pole for home base.The light flooded the whole intersection though so we had plenty of other places to hide as we played.Vincent at first said we could use his dad’s car as home base since it was parked in the front of their house and also on the corner.But after a few days we had to pick another place for our home base because Vincent said his dad didn’t like all those dirty little hand prints all over his car.We looked and looked for something suitable to use and then I said, “Why not use the manhole cover in the middle of the street?” If we were ‘it’ we could just sit on the manhole cover and shut our eyes as we counted to a hundred.It was perfect, plenty of light from the street light and we could all go running in almost every direction… the only time it wouldn’t be ideal was when a car was coming down the street which wasn’t very often back then.

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Silence, all I heard was the crickets' chirpin’...

One of my friends was named Harold Winters.He could run really fast, so fast that he could outrun any of the rest of us kids.While playing Hide and Seek, if you ventured far from home base in search of him, he would probably out run you back to the base and make it ‘home free’.That meant that even if he was the last one caught you still had to outrun him back and tag the base before he did, but he almost always won that race.I remember one time though I was ‘it’, and as I sat on that ol’ manhole cover with my eyes shut and countin’ “5, 10, 15, 20…” – then, finally “…85, 90, 95, 100 here I come, ready or not…”Then, silence! All I heard was the crickets chirpin’ and I ventured out slowly, looking around cautiously.I think I caught Mary first, then Jackie Beeler, Bobby Roe and then Vincent, but where was Harold.I bet he had hidden in that old wild cherry tree behind Vincent’s house.That was his favorite place.

It was Harold, it had to be

I was determined to catch Harold that night by beating him back to home base and tagging him out so he would have to be ‘it’ for once.So silently I crept over by Vincent’s house to look around the corner while looking over my shoulder all the while making sure Harold didn’t make it back to the base and say ‘home free’ before I caught him.As I stepped around the house from the lighted side into the darkness, I heard a rustle of leaves and a thud, like someone landing on the ground after a jump from the lower limbs of that ole wild cherry tree.It was Harold, it had to be.Quickly I turned and started for home base just as fast as I could run.We must have come into the light from the street light about the same time and the race was on.

“1, 2, 3 on Harold”

Somehow I made it to home base just in time to hear a tumble and laughter from all the other kids who were waiting anxiously for this game to end so we could play one more time before heading in for the night.It appears that in his haste to make it ‘home free’ again, he didn’t see little Mary as she sat behind the car at Vincent’s home and he had tripped over her in his eagerness to win one more time.As he looked up and our eyes met, I stood triumphantly in the middle of the street on that ole manhole cover and he knew that this time he had not made it to the home base in time.With a smile on my face and a feeling of accomplishment I simply called out, “1, 2, 3 on Harold.”

© 2010 SamSonS

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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Hey old buddy I remember these and others. Thanks for sharing

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you my friend, and welcome to hubpages...

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Uma07 6 years ago

I still play hide and seek with little children Samson.I have been playing as a small kid and what fun to be with your little friends!Why grow up? Thanks for taking me to those good ol' days.

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World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

I had forgotten all about hide and seek. That was a fun game. Much time has passed. It is good to reconnect with your youth and childhood from time to time. It helps to keep things in perspective. By the way, I started out with black and white television. There wasn't any FM radio at that time. I am still around but most of my friends have passed on.

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Hi friend,

This hub did stir my memories. I use to play hide and seek, red-light-green light, Simon says, Tarzan and Jane, Tag and more. Those were the days when kids spent most of their free time outdoors playing with friends and schoolmates; that is until the street light came on, then we were required to get in the house (smile); at least in my neck of the woods.

Thanks for the memories,

Forever His,

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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Sweet! For some reason I began to think of the movie the notebook. You know where it shows the couple when they were young and how he got her to lay down in the middle of the street under the traffic light. I could just see you guys playing(-:

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What sweet reading, Samsons, I could almost believe I was standing there with you on the manhole cover counting Harold out. Did you ever play Red Rover, Red Rover ... send whoever over? That was fun, too.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much Uma07 for your kind remarks and I agree, why grow up...

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thank you World-Traveler for your visit and sharing your reminisce. Yes, we started with B/W television also and I didn't have a color set until 1968 (I purchased a 10" GE color portable while in the Air Force) By the way I was TDY or temporary duty to Udorn Thailand in February 1968...

*and thank You RevLady for your visit and you usual nice comments. Everyone enjoys your nice remarks.

Blessings my friend...

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thank you my friend Judi, for your kind remarks, and no, I must have missed that movie, I don't remember it...

*and thank you drbj for your nice reminisce and yes, I remember Red Rover...

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Brother... "Home Free"... see that is how quick I can be if I want... smiles... great games, we invented others when we got tired of them... "Anti I Over" was another and what the heck a stick and a tin can would entertain anyone.

Mrs. Quill says I can still be a kid once in a while... wanna go out and play... smiles.

Blessings Brother as always, love ya

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you my dear brother for your kindness as always. Like the lady said earlier, 'why grow up'...

blessings and love to your household as well...

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I enjoyed this read!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks carolina...

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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


I am truly glad you got Harold. No doubt that was your defining moment. Thanks for sharing, Brother.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

and thank you my dear brother for your nice remarks.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! the days of road hockey or baseball, How I miss those times. Tag and Hide and Seek were a little to bland for me though.

Brother Dave.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Dave for your remarks, hey, that's the way my older brothers replied to it. You must have been older than we were when we played. We had great fun as 7 - 9 year olds, we hadn't experienced to much in our rural setting...

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hide and seek I recall was a game that if it had any rules we really didn't know them. The game usually came up spontaneously.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much dahoglund for you comments...

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

We played hide and seek and hot peas and butter. I still remember how I almost passed out trying not to laugh when I was close to getting found. Ahhhh! The good ole days! voted up! Useful!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks 2besure, for sharing you reminisce and reading my humble offerings...

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, you always come up with traditional games, like hide and seek. I agree with you this is good to remind us again. And I hope the new generation who surrounded by technology want to keep this as a traditional culture. I thought this game always fun and healthy. Running and looking for friends who are hiding. Good work, Samsons. I never regret to Vote this Up as my big appreciation to this topic.

Blessing and hugs,

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

and thank you my friend prasetio30, for your kindness.

and blessings to you...

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Samsons1, I took a double take, when I saw this title? I just published a hub, that had a small blurb about hide and seek. Just want you to know, I wasn't copying from your content, I just read this hub, just now. It must of inbedded in my subconscious from you being on my list of followers? I do have to say, you have the most detailed story about hide and seek...I think I'll ever see:) Fun, and glad you had fun writing it!

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

We too played hide and seek as children. It's one of our favorite games.

Thanks for bringing up the lovely and happy memories with your hub. It's fun reminiscing!

God bless!

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I think nearly everybody played "hide and seek." It is fun and simple. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great memories of colorful childhood days. We also did play hide and seek during our childhood days. It is really a great fun. Thank you for sharing a part of your childhood days. Blessings to you.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks James for your kind remarks...

*and thank you cristina for your sweet reminisce and blessings to you...

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

This really brought back memories of playing with my younger brothers in the country. Our first family TV was also black and white. We also played with jacks, marbles, hula hoops, pogo sticks and did a LOT of tree climbing for fun. Just a few of those good time old memories. The kind of hide and seek games we played looks like MUCH MORE FUN than the one in the video...also better exercise! Rating this funny, beautiful and up!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Peggy for the nice comments the ratings and for sharing your reminisce. Since you liked this one, be sure and check out 'We Played Kick the Can' - I just posted it...

by the way, got an idea this morning from a hub you just posted.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Will do! Hope if it is a skunk story it did not impact you as it did us. Haha!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Peggy, yes, it's a skunk about a friend of mine in elementary school...

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Mizzctwoo16 6 years ago from Brookfield, CT

Like taking a step back into childhood. Good read!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Mizzctwoo16, for your visit and your comment and while here please check out some more of my reads...

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

The Good old days.... I enjoyed hide and seek.

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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Yes, we actually played outside. :) Nice Hub.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Lady_E for your nice comment...

*and thank you Wendy Krick for your friendship, your visit and your nice remarks...

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