I have never heard of this game so listened intently - well as intently as one can when not particularly interested in playing said game - with AJ hoping that, by letting me in on the rules, I may just play it with them one day.
But what did dawn on me is the fact that we learn all of these games as kids. They just happen and we play them and we never know how they originated. Heck, I don't even remember being taught how to play games. It was like I just always knew them. Red Rover, Brandy, Elastics, any number of sing-song, hand clapping games. And who doesn't remember Catch & Kiss which apparently starts as young as 5 these days! These are the main ones that stick in my mind from primary school.
Not that I have much of a memory for this kind of stuff. I'm lucky to remember being at school at all. And not because of any glue sniffing or the like as suggested by a good friend the other day. ; p
I just simply don't remember stuff. I think I have tried to block out a lot of things and, being that it is all from the same era, maybe the brain can't be overly selective so whole blocks get erased.
Or maybe. Just maybe it's as someone else suggested the other day. Maybe I am, in fact, an uber-genius and just don't know it! Luckily these days, said glue sniffing theorist, is now officially my external memory so whenever I need to know something about "back then" I just ask her.
Either way, the fact remains that as kids we just start playing and all of a sudden we have a memory full of games with no recollection - or maybe that's just me - of being taught them. It's like our brains are just programmed to know this stuff.