Who remembers playing elastic as a kid? With just a long piece of elastic and two pairs of ankles, elastics provided hours of fun. Adding to the fun was the crazy jingles we sang while we jumped. The elastic would start round the ankles of two girls standing a bit apart, and a third would jump on and across it in a series of patterns, sometimes on one foot, sometimes on both, sometimes jumping on the elastic, sometimes catching up one side of the elastic as they jumped, and pulling it over to the other side, making a sort of cat’s cradle.
As each sequence was successfully completed, the elastic would get raised, first to the knees of the girls at the ends, then to the thighs, then the waists and so on. If the jumper made a mistake, their turn would end. The game was banned for a time at our school when the teacher caught sight of a particularly successful session where the girls at the ends of the loop had the elastic around their necks!
Amazing how one simple word brought back so many childhood memories of the games we played. And let’s face it, if you never jumped from one couch to another to save yourself from the lava, then you didn’t have a childhood!
“Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet.”
Alain de Botton