Thursday, May 04, 2006

Oh the days of Recess

I decided to look at the journal jar website Tori mentioned to get a blog idea. I want to reminice about my elementary recesses. I mostly remember 5th and 6th grade recesses. At this time of my life I lived in Sandy, UT and went to Park Lane Elementary. I had the coolest teacher in 6th grade, Mr. Gunn. He was a die hard fan of the Utah Jazz (Basketball, not music). He had red hair and big teeth. Each day he would allow us to rest our heads on our desks, dim the lights, and play us some of his favorite music. This is where I first heard Queen. I still remember he liked Symphony candy bars. This is strange because I don't remember much about any of my teachers throughout my life. He was definitely my favorite. My favorite things to do at recess were to play 4-square and jumprope-double dutch style. The jump roping was great, I can't believe I could jump rope with two ropes going opposite directions and even got good enough that I could start by jumping in from the outside after the ropes had already gotten going. I doubt I could last one minute now. If you don't know what 4-square is then I pity you, but I will explain. On the ground was a large square divided into 4 smaller squares. One player stood in each square, and you would play with one red rubber ball about the size of a basketball or a little larger. The person in the number 1 square would serve the ball to whomever and the ball would be passed around randomley until someone got out and each player would move up a square to fill the vacancy and a new player would come in. There were 2 versions of the game, the girly version and the competitive version. The girly version involved terms like "holds" (holding the ball between passes), "babies" (holding the ball and then dropping it so it barely bounce high enough to grab), and "bubbles" (holding the ball and bouncing it in your hands before passing. ) "No slams" was heard a lot in the girly version. We learned the competitive version in P.E. and it was a hit all year. There was no holding of the ball, once the game started you simply hit the ball into another players square as hard and fast or soft and slow ( you wanted to catch them off guard) as you wanted to try to get them out. If another player could not hit the ball after it bounced once in their square into another square they were out. I would love to hear about everyone elses favorite recess games. Leave a comment.

6 comments:

Tori :) said...

My favorite game was called "Relay for Tori." Just kidding- there wasn't a name. I just remember in the 1st and 2nd grades boys would compete in a race to be my boyfriend. I didn't have a different "boyfriend" every week or anything. I knew that Jason or Josh Martin would win. They were twins, they were cute and they were the fastest. :)
Good post Robin!

Jake said...

Wow, I had totally forgotten about 4-square. That's awesome. It was probably my favorite game too, although I was also a kickball fanatic. They should have professional kickball.

When I started 6th grade, I was in middle school, but my family moved halfway through the year to a district with jr. high schools, so I got to go back to elementary school for the last half of 6th grade. I thought it would suck, but I was totally wrong. Recess is awesome. I still feel a little ripped off for the 1/2 year of it that I missed.

Jake said...

Oh, and tell Tucker that I like his sleeves. They're real big. (I hear that he's a big Napoleon fan).

Gina said...

Cool Post! I loved 4 square! Tether ball was cool too! In middle school (in the winter) they set up ping pong ball, but I sucked at that. P.E.: I was good at kickball!

The Nays said...

i think my favorite game is kind of like tori's in that it involved a lot of running. it was called either "girls chase boys" or "boys chase girls", depending on the day. and this is how it would work...um...girls would chase the boys around the playground, or the boys would chase the girls. the funny thing was what would happen if you ever got caught--nothing. it would be an awkward moment and then you would start running again.

Emily said...

I remember Robert and Tommy the toadie used to chase me and try to kiss me in kindergarden and first grade. They were gross. I finally had to have my big brother come straighten them out. When sixth grade rolled around I was wishing somebody would want to chase me and kiss me, preferably Tom or Luis.