By Sheila Kuehl
Somehow, writing about the Governor’s initial budget for education made me think about schoolyard games. Is the money there or not? Is the state giving or taking away?
Where’s the ball?
For me, schoolyard games always began when they pushed us out of class for recess expecting that we would get some good exercise and have some fun. Maybe it’s just me, but I remember those “fun” times in a darker light as vehicles for the stronger kids to terrorize, embarrass and trick the rest of us, especially during the ball games.
Ball game tricks probably date all the way back to the ancient Mesoamericans who were thought to have played games with rubber balls as early as 1600 B.C. I’ll bet they also played some version of an early twentieth century English and American game called Queenie Queenie, Who’s Got the Ball?