When I was a child I played all kinds of games. There were a lot of kids in our neighborhood, so there was no shortage of playmates. If you couldn’t drum up a partner from one end of the street, you usually could get someone on the other end.
We liked to play a lot of outdoor games like hide-n-seek, and kick the can. We played “Mother May I,” Red Rover and many others, we could always keep ourselves busy.
Many times at birthday parties we would play Musical Chairs, do the Bunny Hop and the Hokey Pokey. I thought these games were so much fun.
After I grew up and got married I taught my children these games. We would play Blind Man’s Bluff, the Hokey Pokey and many other games. It was fun teaching my girls the same games I played as a child growing up.
Well, now I’m grown and am a grandma and great-grandma, I don’t play those games anymore—only one. I can’t believe as old as I am that I still play the Hokey Pokey. Although my latest version is somewhat different from the way we played it as children.
You all remember the Hokey Pokey– “Put your right foot in–take your right foot out–put your right foot in and shake it all about; do the Hokey Pokey and turn your self around–that’s what it’s all about.”
Well, my senior version is played when you are getting dressed. You get your slacks or whatever kind of pants (or underwear) you are going to wear for the day, and you begin to get dressed. You hold your pants by the waist band and put your right foot in. Then, because you are not steady on your feet–you take your right foot out, and you stumble all about. You turn your self around to keep from falling to the floor, then you start all over again. Once you are successful with the right foot, you put your left foot in and take your left foot out, to keep from tangling up in your pants you shake it all about. Once you get both feet in your pants, you do the Hokey Pokey and turn yourself around a few times to get your balance again and wiggle into your pants, and that’s what it’s all about.