Jumping rope good time to work on rhymes

Last week while in the Family Dollar store, a lady who said she recognized me from the picture accompanying my weekly article introduced herself. She said she is from the Wittenberg area. She was shopping for 10 jump ropes. Her daughter is having a birthday in mid-July, and she was buying one for her daughter and each party guest.

She asked me if I by chance remembered any of the jump rope rhymes from my era. I told her, “As a matter of fact, I do.” I loved jumping rope; my friends and I did it almost daily. She wrote down her name and address so I could send her the rhymes.

My intentions were good. However, I am embarrassed to say I lost the slip of paper, and now I’m unable to contact her. I hope she will see this article. Here are a few of the rhymes I remember:

“Down in the valley

Where the green grass grows,

There sat Susie

Sweet as a rose.

Along came Johnny

And kissed her on the cheek.

How many kisses

Did she get this week?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…”

“Minne-Minnehaha

Went to see her papa.

Papa died, Minnehaha cried.

Minnie had a baby, named him Tiny Tim,

Put him in the bathtub to teach him how to swim.

Tim drank all the water, and ate two bars of soap,

And died the next morning with a bubble in his throat.”

“Bobby and Betty

Sitting in a tree

K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

First comes love,

Then comes marriage,

Then comes Betty

With a baby carriage.”

“Cinderella, dressed in yellow

Went upstairs to kiss her fellow.

Made a mistake

And kissed a snake.

How many doctors

Did it take?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5…”

I’m sure many of you remember other rhymes. As young girls, we giggled at the silly words.

I also enjoyed playing with paper dolls. I would spread a blanket under our apple tree and amuse myself for hours cutting out the dolls and their clothes. I marked each doll and their outfits with the same crayon color to avoid mixing them up. The clothes were colorful — some playful and some elegant. I remember wishing they were in my closet.

I had fun putting on my roller skates and skating down the bumpy road to get to my friend’s house where there were sidewalks. We would often skate for several blocks to downtown Marion. Life was pretty casual back then; no one seemed to be in a hurry. Everyone had time to ask how our folks were. Once in a while, someone would give us a dime for a soda.

I remember playing with hula hoops, too. At first, I didn’t have one, but my friends Connie Bohr and Cassandra (Butz) Fischer shared theirs. (Both of those childhood friends stood up for my wedding years later.) We played hopscotch and jacks, too.

Autograph books were popular. The pages were in different colors. It was fun to see what others wrote in our books. Sometimes we convinced a boy to write in our books, but not too often. I had a diary, too. I remember keeping it locked and hidden.

When it was really hot or if it was raining, I was allowed to play inside. I played with Mr. Potato Head, Tiddly Winks, Cootie and Pick Up Sticks. (These were Christmas or birthday gifts.)

In the evening, I was allowed to play outside until the streetlights came on. Then I had to head home. Mother would be standing on our porch, waiting to see me come up the hill. I was often tuckered out from playing Draw the Frying Pan, Annie, Annie Over, Seven Steps, Kick the Can and Red Light, Green Light. Sometimes we had quite a group: Judy Schoen, Tom Milbauer, Jim Mattes, Connie and Peggy Bohr, Butz Fischer, Scott Gerbig, Whitey Kraft and Sally Pietz, to name a few.

It was a happy day when Dad bought our first television. The screen was small and the picture was black and white, but I loved it! Dad scolded if I sat in front of the TV too long. He would promptly turn it off and tell me to go outside.

I remember the test pattern and all the snow and interference there was in those early days. But the shows were good and wholesome. How many of you remember “Captain Kangaroo,” “The Howdy Doody Show,” “Kukla, Fran and Ollie,” “Roy Rogers,” “Cisco Kid,” “The Three Stooges,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Colonel Caboose”?

I also grew up watching “The Honeymooners” (I loved Ralph and Alice), “The Ed Sullivan Show” (really good show), “The Lawrence Welk Show” (with Myron Floren, the Lennon Sisters and Joanne Castle), “Our Miss Brooks,” “American Bandstand” with Dick Clark, “The Jack Benny Program” (and Rochester) and “I Love Lucy” (and Ricky, Ethel and Fred).

Growing up in the ’50s was memorable and fun.

Question: Can you name the candy store located at 105 N. Main St. in 1959?

Clothesline Conversation Answer: Kolb’s Chocolate House Candies owned by Lester and Edna Kolb.

Lorna Marquardt is a former Shawano mayor.