Monday, March 06, 2006

Go Fly a Kite

We had seasons for everything and one of them was flying kites. While there were a few store bought kites in the sky, most were homemade. Most families used a bamboo rake to keep their yards clean.

Well, the bamboo from the rakes was excellent for kite making. Box kites, square kites, diamond kites, butterfly kites, all had something in common -- newspaper glued over a bamboo frame. Mashing rice into a paste made the glue.

Spinning tops was also a seasonal sport. While most kids had commercial tops, I had tops that were handmade by my father. He used a pocketknife to whittle a piece of wood into the shape of a top. I had tops made of various types of wood. The kui or point of the top was a common nail.

Another seasonal sport was marbles. We had to get on our hands and knees to play marbles or agates. As a result we all had dirt on our hands and torn pants at the knees. The games we played included fish, ring, box and five holes.

Milk covers were as popular then as Pogs were a few years ago except that we used real milk covers. Milk came in bottles with a cardboard cover. We saved the covers and used them to play with.

My brother and I had an unfair advantage because my father worked for Dairymen's in the feed department. His friends in the milk department would give him cartons of brand new, unused covers.

We would glue two of the unused covers together to make our kini (hitter). Because they were unused, they were stiffer and could turn over the other milk covers with ease. As a result, my brother and I won more than we lost. We both had large collections of milk covers, thanks to our Dad. Incidentally, Dairymen's is now known as Meadow Gold.

My memory is quite foggy on a game known as peewee. I do know that we cut a broom handle into various lengths, placed a short piece across another short piece and using the longest piece as a bat, tipped the short piece into the air and hit it with the bat such as in baseball.

We did play football and baseball during their respective seasons. The number of players on each team depended on the number of kids available and ranged anywhere from five to a dozen or so. I don't remember ever playing soccer.

On rare occasions we even played hopscotch, jump rope and jacks with the girls.


Blogger Donna Cator said...

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6:49 AM  
Blogger Donna Cator said...

So interesting to read about the empty bottles....

My husband used to collect them for spending money when he was a boy in Washington, DC!

Miles apart...same interest!

PS: I am Leia's mom-in-law

6:50 AM  

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