Friday, April 26, 2019

W ~ Wink Wave and Whistle

     As a school girl, my least favorite part of the school day was recess.
      Having to go outside to play was a form of torture for me the majority of the time.
       Then one year we were introduced to a new game called "Wink, Wave, and Whistle" it combined all sorts of things I disliked about recess games. There was running and hiding and a poor hapless person who was it. 
        I don't remember all the rules to the game, but I do remember winking, waving, and whistling were all a part of freeing and catching the players. 
       To add another level of stress to the game was the fact that my family didn't approve of winking.
       I found a solution to the problem of playing the game. I participated, but chose a hiding place no one ever thought to look in to find me; the back of the coal bin in the basement of the school house. 
       I spent my recess crouched there  in the back of that dirty dark bin and was relieved when the bell rang and I could return to the pleasure of books, lessons, and learning. That was better than Wink, Wave, and Whistle any day.


  1. Oh how I smiled as I read this. We must be soul sisters because I detested recess and P.E. when I was in the older grades. I much preferred the comfort of my books and paper.

  2. Very interesting. Most children love rescues most of all.

  3. I think we would have been good friends. My twin and I also despised those group games and would do anything to get out of it. Your hiding spot was perfect.

  4. I'm with you! I've never been particularly athletic, and my grandmother had a FIT if I got a suntan. "Du bist ein Landarbeiter!" Give me a good book any day.

  5. I hated recess when it was cold outside. My girl friends and I would stand in the shelter the building made and talk and shiver while waiting for recess to be over. Now that I'm older, I realize the teachers who had to stand outside and supervise, probably hated it, too.


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