Very thought-provoking (and a little sad), I appreciated Jennifer’s perspective on our childhood games. Her blog post on the topic is published in its entirety below. Read more on her blog – Young & Twenty.
Growing up, little did we know that our school yard games were preparing us for the honest truth about life. Ignorance is bliss and the games that once made us smile and laugh, are now the games we dread and the rules we break.
1. Telephone. Telephone revealed the truth about the corruption in our communication system. We find more amusement from making assumptions and twisting the truth so much, that it tells a different story. We know the truth is somewhere out there, but we accept what we’re given in it’s place.
2. Simon Says. We grew up, taught to obey authority. However, we were promised that once we were adults, we’d be introduced to freedom. Simon Says tells us how we grow up listening to the ‘higher power’ and how we truly never stop.
3. Three-Legged Race. We think the finish line is within our reach. We think that the strength of our legs is enough to carry us to success. We don’t understand that we’re not in this game alone. Life’s a three-legged race and we can’t win without help. We can’t win without teamwork, for it’s a lot harder to work against life, than it is to work with it.
4. Red Rover. Red Rover taught us the instant betrayal that comes when picking sides. The game gave us seconds to decide if we would break the rules and run lightly, in hopes to return to our team or we’d aim for the weak in hopes to carry out our plan. There’s irony to being called over by a group that’s working to keep you out.
5. Duck, Duck, Goose. We were once told, we’re all equals. We’re cut from the same cloth. However, when someone is pointed out as ‘different’, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. Duck, Duck, Goose taught us to live in the anticipation of when eyes would be brought on ourselves, for the most unfair situation. The point is to avoid the sentence of being unlike the rest.