The sound of a jump rope slapping the sidewalk brings back happy memories.
In a family of siblings who were athletically gifted, I was the exception. But during my 5th and 6th grade years, when school recess was spent on a blacktop surface and jump roping was all the rage, I found my niche.
Classmates took turns twirling the ropes as we created all types of games and challenges, along with jumping through the unforgettable “Cinderella Dressed in Yellow” and “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around.”
Now it’s my ten-year-old’s turn. She calls me outside to help her sister turn the rope while she counts “how many doctors did it take.” And I’m reminiscing about the old days – and wondering if my girls could get the rope over my head so I can show them how it’s done.
On second thought, it may be safer to leave those particular memories in the past.
Did you ever play jump rope games when you were growing up?