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Daughter came into the house and unscrewed my mop from its wooden stick. She is going out to play stickball!

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ba1126
Sep. 29th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
That sounds familiar!! We were lucky, we grew up in Boston, but happened to have an undeveloped field between our street and the 'main drag', so most of our games (and winter sledding) were in 'the field'.
eglantine_br
Sep. 29th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, they make a lot of their own fun. There are plenty of places here to do it without getting in the way. And kids have an inclination to climb and burrow and find places to be.

We have a 25 acre park with a good sledding hill right across the street, so we are lucky that way.
ba1126
Sep. 29th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
You ARE lucky!
mylodon
Sep. 30th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
I love the inventiveness of youth. Wooden mixing spoons are also very useful tools for all sorts of games...
eglantine_br
Sep. 30th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have a picture of my girl at about 3, stacking canned goods into a tower as big as herself. She had blocks, of course, but little ones often want to use 'real' things in play.
charliecochrane
Sep. 30th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yes. And wood, metal, etc is much more pleasing than plastic.
kittycallum
Sep. 30th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
I have not heard of stickball, is it like hockey at all? It sounds fun, anyway! :)

And mops are useful that way. We used to unscrew croquet mallets to swordfight with, in a similar vein.
eglantine_br
Sep. 30th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
More like baseball, I think. I did not play it as a kid myself. It is more of a city thing. I used mop sticks for sword fights and tent poles-- stuff like that

(Also I was not into organized sports as a kid. Balls coming at me always made me duck.

But stickball is a big deal in NYC. I have seen grown men playing it, pick up, in a street with cars going by.

It is related to baseball most closely, although I imagine that hitting is harder to do, as the stick is narrower. It is played with a pink rubber ball called a spaldeen--- probably a corruption of Spaulding-- the makers of the ball.

here is a wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stickball
nodbear
Oct. 2nd, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
a new game and a lot of nsostalgic thouhts - we used to use stick handles and bean sticks from dad's allotment ( a rented vegertable patch) to make horse gallops :)
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