While I’m strolling down memory lane (see yesterday’s post), I figured I might as well go all the way.
When I was a kid, I didn’t have all the modern electronic gadgets that these young whippersnappers today have (did that sound like a convincing older person?). Instead, my two sisters and I would make our own fun from our imaginations and random household items.
One of our favorite things to pretend was that we were boxcar children. Playing “boxcar children” meant that we were sisters (of course) that were orphans making our way in the cold hard world. Now, our cold, hard world consisted of our back yard only a few feet from all the comforts of modern living. But still.
Items needed to be convincing “boxcar children”:
- A ladle (ours was 70’s mustard yellow and plastic)
- A big bowl (we used the bowl most commonly used for popcorn)
How to play:
1. Gather up your supplies and head out to the backyard.
2. “Travel” around the house a few times, encountering hardships like wild animals (your pet), poisonous plants (grass), sickness (like scarlet fever or a broken leg), cold weather (no matter what time of year it is, there’s always the potential for a blizzard) or mean orphanage workers out to get you.
3. Arrive at the trampoline and use it for shelter. At this time, have one sister run into the house and fill the bowl with water.
4. Pass around the ladle filled with
water gruel and eat as though you are famished.
5. Repeat any of the steps as needed until: (A) It gets dark. (B) Is time for dinner. (C) A better idea comes along.
I’m sure this will catch on and be all the rage in years following. So sure. What “games” did you play as a kid?