[memories evoked by the Sunday Scribblings prompt "Hi, my name is..."]
When I was a kid I used to jump rope. I jumped by myself, and at school recess, I jumped with my friends. I think that third grade (8 years old) was the peak of our jump-rope years, when we spent a lot of time not only jumping, but seeking out new jump-rope rhymes to use.
There was one that used the formula:
__ my name is _____
and my husband's name is ______.
We come from _____
and we sell ______.
"A" my name is "Angie"
and my husband's name is "Andy"
We come from "Argentina"
and we sell "Airplanes."
"B" my name is "Bernice"
and my husband's name is "Bobby
Then there was:
Cinderella, dressed in yella,
went upstairs to kiss a fella,
How many kisses did it take?
1, 2, 3, ...
counting each jump of the rope until you missed.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, read the news.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, shine your shoes.
where on cue we would "turn around," then briefly tag the ground between jumps, mime reading a newspaper, and brush the top of our feet with our hands.
The start of this one we swished the rope back and forth, but didn't swing it over the jumper's head until we said "Over":
Bluebells, cockle shells,
Eevie, ivy, OVER!
and it was followed by more rhyme that I can't remember.
There was another that started out regular speed, then at the word "pepper" it went to twice as fast.
There were more, but our jump-rope days were about to change. The world introduced us to what we called Chinese Jump Rope.
Instead of swinging a rope we had a long coated elastic band that went around the ankles of the people on the ends. It started out as low on the ankles as they could get it and we had a pattern we used to hop in and around it. I think it went something like:
Right (where the right leg was between the bands and the left leg out)
Left (where the left leg only was in)
On (where each foot held down one side of the rope)
In (both legs in)
Out (both legs outside, straddling both "ropes")
Twist (the jumper turned 180 degrees so the rope wrapped around her)
Jump (where the jumper hopped away from the twisted mess, hopefully untangling herself as she went)
The the band was moved up to the top of the ankles for another go. Then the mid-calf, then the knees, etc. The higher the band was placed, the harder it got to get your feet to clear it (or land on it in some cases). And it was MUCH harder to jump free at the end.
It was a good thing we were all pretty close to the ground back then! That and not weighing much meant we didn't get seriously hurt when we fell. Just some scraped knees. It certainly did keep us occupied for hours on end.