Our family lived on a farm about a mile from a one-room schoolhouse. When I was five years old the teacher, who was boarding at our home, invited me to walk along and visit school on opening day. I was completely entranced - didn't miss a day the whole school term.
Some of our recess and noon extra minutes were fun time for all. The favorites were games: softball, pump pump pull away, last couple out, steal the stick, dare base, and baseball. For quieter fun times - jump the rope, hopscotch and storytelling or oral reading.
When the weather was too cold for outdoor fun we did chalkboard games, guess riddles, spelling bees and geography trivia. Blind Man's Bluff was fun to the younger students. When spring time arrived the boys would dig up a few feet of sod and use it for practicing the high jump, broad jump and longest-distance running jump. Some did quite well! We were taught, "you're not likely to achieve anything of lasting value in life if you never take a chance and try!"
Matilda (Winters) Cardin
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