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April 08, 2013


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I loved playing this after dark.. Guess that's why so many of us got hurt..lol.

Still not sure where the "whoopy" came from. Did someone yell "whoopy"??? If so, why'd they yell that instead of just yelling "Ready or not, here I come" like we did?

Anyway when we played, usually the oldest was "it" first and then the one they found first were "it" the next time. We tried with running back to home base and tagging, but with that, someone always got hurt or hit, and cried, and that brought mom out usually to smack someone, so making the one found first "it" worked better for us.

God bless.


Yep Ed, I remember sending someone over but still remember yelling send the ball over (the house, too) I'd say we made up rhymes that fit the games we played as well...or adapted the rhymes to other games to fit one we were playing.
Ethel, it was you that sent the note about olley, olley oxen free.
However, Sharon your comment stuck in my mind as well...
I guess we all remember "Red Light, Green Light" and Mother, may I...and one of my very favorite ball games was "rolley-bat" What a hard time hitting the bat if the ground was bumpy with grass clumps...
Thanks Tipper,
I do believe Ed is right about Red Rover....now if anyone can remember the rhyme for the ball that's thrown or rolled over the house to the person on the other side....Mom hated to hear that bumping sound and after about an hour would tell us to switch games that we were going to damage the roof shingles!
Thanks Tipper again....

I always thought Red Rover was when the children joined hands and called out someone's name. The person who's name was called had to run and try to break through the chain of kids. The weakest looking link didn't always work. Red Rover, Red Rover send Tipper right over!

and Sharon...wow, I forgot about "olly olly oxen free"..I did remember "ready or not, here I come", if you weren't hid by the end of the number count and the "ready yell" you were usually caught.
I am having such fun playin' this game and tryin' to remember more games we played.
Does anyone totally remember how "Red Rover, Red Rover" was played. I got the "Red rover, red rover, throw (or roll) the ball over. We would watch in an attempt to catch it as it came over the house. But, seems like I remember something about catching the ball and running around to the other side and tagging the person...All help in remembering the rules to this game would be appreciated.
Thanks Tipper,

We called it Whoopy Hide back in
the day. Sometimes you got to hide
with a pretty girl. That's when you got some of the best smoochin'
and who cared if you got caught!

Our games of hide and seek (I've never heard it called Whoopy Hide, but that's just fun!) were way less organized. I don't recall how we chose the first It, but the next It was the first to be caught! The only rules were that after counting to twenty It had to say, "Ready or not, here I come!" and "Olly, olly, oxen free!" when they gave up. Then it was safe to come out.
I used to play hide and seek in the house with my daughter too, and when she got a little older she taught our dog to seek her!

Was gonna say something earlier but due to my short attention span, I couldn't hold on to the thought. The picture was great! I noticed something about the little girl in that picture; bet others did too. I have been told by people that should know that long slender fingers (as those in the picture) is a strong indicator that those possessing that trait are usually very talented as well as artistic. From what I've seen from your daughters I think they were right. Just sayin'!


My grandmother always called "hide and seek" "Whoopy-hide"..."You kids go outside to play "whoopy-hide"! We didn't like to because there wasn't good places to hide in the daylight!
The game we played was called
"Kick-the-Can"! I asked my husband if he remembered and of course he did. He said sometimes the whole neighborhood would be over to the field to play. Usually only if parents were visiting..the others had to walk home before dark or just after dark.
Thanks Tipper,
I got another one about ball...

Now I remember how we used the one potato, etc. It was for Hide and Seek. I have not heard Whoppy Hide. New term for me! It was always good fun; we never hid under a rug, however. Recently, I played the game with my granddaughter - the dog cheated. He would stand right next to the person hiding. We had such good laughs over it. Next time we will have to put the dog in a room by itself.

We called it hide and go seek and the rules were the same as yours. My granddaughters love to play the game and like Chitter and Chatter they usually hide in the same places.

I think we called it hide and go seek, too. I have been "it" many times while my girls hid inside. They would be in plain view while I pretended I couldn't find them. The youngest would always jump out and try to scare me.

That is a precious picture. You have beautiful children!
I played hide and seek, just as you described it.

We played that game all the time. Hide and go seek was what we called it. However, sometimes the kids could be a little mischievous. One of their tricks was (and it happened to me once) they would let you go hide and then quietly go home and let you stay in the woods till you finally realized they weren't ever coming to find you! LOL

Back to counting 'taters'... one more detail I recall is when the counter landed on her own fist after recting
"1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato 4,
5 potato, 6 potato, 7 potatp or,"
she would tuck her fist behind her back and use her chin as the stand -in tater for the next go round of counting. Many decisions were made in this way.
As for hide & seek,the kid who was "it" turned to face a tree with eyes closed and counted to an agreed upon number while we all hid. "It" would have to tag the hiders before they could run back to tag the tree where they were declared "in free." The first to be tagged was the next "it." If more hiders were still out there after the tag, "it" would call, "olley, olley oxen free!" then all would show up at the tree and atart a new game.

Ed-I think we may have called it hide n go seek now that you've mentioned it : )

Blind Pig The Acorn
Celebrating and Preserving the
Culture of Appalachia

whin i uz jist a littlin we plaid hoopie hide awl the tim til one tim we wuz playn an mi littlist bruther went two hide an nobidy ever fount hem. we thank the wild hogs mita caried him off. that wuz along tima go but weer stila lookin fur hem. i thank heed be bout fitty five yeers old now.

Hide & seek for us too. I never heard the other terms at all. It was my favorite game, but i ALWAYS got found.

We played the game the same as you but we called it hide and go seek. Mommy always called it hoopee hide.

"Ready or Not, Here I Come!". (Just realized, that's been the motto of my life :)

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