Sunday, December 26, 2010

Childhood frolic

Its true that,"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun". As kids,We colour our days with smiles not really understanding the reason behind all of them.We would keep ourselves busy all time playing all the silliest games on earth. This post is meant to refresh my memory regarding the craziest things I've done while I was in the lower classes at school. As I recollect them now ,I burst into laughter reminiscing the way I pronounced many of the english words back then..

Some of the games were like reciting rhymes not knowing the meaning though.Many of us would have played while at school or with cousins and neighbours. The few of them which still linger on my mind are "Oh pillar,caterpillar.........", "Orange juices lemon......." "Yam Cheese......".I used to commute to and from school by school van.At times we had to wait for a few minutes till our van arrives.Till then we would play around reciting these rhymes.

1. OH PILLAR........

This game is played by 2 or more kids in a standing position preferably..

"Oh pillar!!
(clap clap clap)
(clap clap clap)
Lazy boys!!
(clap clap clap)
Active girls!!
(clap clap clap)
Sing a song!!
(clap clap clap)
Ping a Pong!!
(clap clap clap)
Go to School!!
(clap clap clap)
Be a Fool!!
(clap clap clap)
(Then recite the whole thing
once but quickly as possible)

All the kids need to stand like statues till one of them is caught out for moving off the position.


There are 3 or more kids here. 2 of them sing the song and hold hands forming a lifted bridge while other kids form a train like pattern and go below the bridge.In the end, one of them is caught between the bridge as the song's last word is sung.Its fun to play with many friends.

"Orange Juices Lemon,
Sold for a penny,
All the school girls,
Are so many,
The grass is green,
And the rose is red,
Remember me when you’re,
dead …


This is the game for all those lazy kids who prefer to sit and play. All the kids sit around in a circle with their hands on their lap.They recite the song mentioned below.The game begins with one of them clapping once and then tapping the neighbour's left hand and continues by passing the clap in a circular pattern.When the song ends ,i.e. last word is sung,the person clapping or receiving the clap is caught and asked to fold his arms .The game continues with the same song for several times.Each time ,the kid who is caught has to vary his hands position.It would be fun cause, at times both hands will be folded and the kid will try to clap in the same position and find it difficult to pass on the clap.

What sounds crazy to me now is the lyrics of the song. After being grown up only,I realise that it was meant to introduce the various foods of the English people.Kids would pronounce it like slogans recited in temples.It must have been hard for any newcomer to decipher the song :)

"Yam Cheese sam Butter
Sauce Potato Chip Chip Chip
Sauce Potato Chip Chip Chip
Cream Roll Mutton Roll
Chicken Roll,Yam….

These games may be prevalent even now I guess.In addition to the above,there are lots more..Whatever be it,I cherish those lovely days and those sweet friends for having made my childhood a memorable one.

.... ChILdHoOd DayS ROcKz!!!! :) :) :)