Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tacky Cardigan With Words on It: Odd Schoolyard Games, Explained

So, did anyone ever play Red Rover as a kid? You know, where a bunch of kids make two lines facing each other, then one side yells out, "Red Rover, Red Rover, send Tommy (for example) right over!" And then Tommy runs over and tries to bust through the locked arms of the opposing team/line? (Well, if not, it's a real game, OK? I played it as a kid, and I'm lucky I didn't get my arm ripped out of the socket, but that's not the point.)

How about the "telephone" game? Where kids get in a line/circle, and the first person whispers a message to the next, and then the message gets passed down the line until it reaches the last person, who then reports (what's left of) it out loud to the group?

Yeah, well no one knows the true origins of either of these (odd) games. I, however, have a theory...

Red drover? A corgi? Get it??? (You know it could've happened!)

P.S. That red "Rover" in the clover? It's 13-week-old Jon Farleigh (in a tape crown), about 15 minutes after he became a permanent member of my family. ♥

If you'd like me to consider your pet(s) photo for a tacky cardigan, just post it to the Facebook page!


  1. Funny how we have different names for them over here. The first we called British Bulldog and second Chinese Whispers. Nice little trip down memory lane. Have a serene Sunday and get in some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Ma says she remembers those games! BOL I wonder if that is how Red Rover started?!?
    Happy Sunday,

  3. Red drover, huh? Ha ha ha.

    Is there a Corgi interpretation of red light green light?

  4. I kind of remember Red Rover. We were more into Red Light Green Light.

  5. You brought up a somewhat unpleasant memory from my youth. I was always small for my age and Red Rover always sent me over/


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