A my name is Alice

When was the last time you jumped rope?


I loved it as a kid, not as much as roller-skating, but more than playing cops-and-robbers with the neighborhood boys. The problem was, there were never enough of us girls, and the boys were too boyish to jump rope, so we (my best girlfriend and I) had to make do by tying one end of the rope to a garage door.


I remember doing it on the playground at school, too – waiting in line for my turn, the silly songs we sang, and the occasional challenge to try double-dutch, with two ropes swinging in opposite directions.

Do schoolgirls still jump rope at recess?

A couple weeks ago I came across a group of young girls – they were an official neighborhood competitive double-dutch team – during a sort of street festival here in Atlanta called “Streets Alive”. The lady in the photos was having so much fun – and I imagine was remembering her own childhood just like me – that it made me want to give it a go. But for my bum knee, I’m sure I could have done it!

Sweet memories.

11 thoughts on “A my name is Alice”

  1. While I do remember jumping rope, I was never very good. And the thought of doing that today makes my knees ache!

  2. Oh, my! What fun we used to have as a kid with the three neighbor girls… “Cinderella, dressed in yellow, went outside to kiss her fellow, made a mistake and kissed a snake, how many doctors did it take? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,….” and on it went until you made a misstep!

  3. Me, a city kid did all of that – jump rope, double dutch, sprints, Mother May I, dodge ball. I rank Hopscotch at the top of the list. Every day. When it was raining or too hot, there was Pick Up Sticks and Jacks on the cool kitchen floor. I’m so glad I grew up that way.

    1. I always wanted to play Hopscotch, Mary! Just something about the chalk design of it that I loved so much. I’m glad I grew up with time spent outdoors, out of my mother’s hair, too.

  4. I remember jump ropes like this. It was so much fun. And yes, we used to tie one end to the garage door if there were only two of us jumping. Did you ever make Chinese jump ropes with rubber bands? Now I’m going to have google that to see what we were up to. Thanks for the memories.

  5. I remember the girls next door would try to get me to jump rope with them. I probably did it a few times but I don’t remember it. We used to play all sorts of other games, though. Lots of board games, hide & seek, cops & robbers. Happy memories.

    1. I never had anyone to play board games with. 🙁 I used to love Chutes and Ladders when we played it in school, tho!

  6. Like the slideshow format-pretty cool! I love memories of the old days. I’ve only jumped rope Rocky Style but I remember my two sisters jumping rope along with girls in the neighborhood They had some interesting rhymes to go along with it,some of which might not get a G rating!

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