So, I had to go on a long (7+ hours) car trip with some co-workers. We did ok on the way there, but quickly degraded into childhood pastimes on the way home. We played some pencil and paper games, like Hangman and Dots. We played some word games like “I’m going on a picnic” and the Famous person name game. We made one of those fortune tellers that has the 4 points that you can touch together, then choose a color, lift a flap and read what was written inside. We talked about sleep over games, like Truth or Dare and Light as a Feather, but didn’t play any of them. We talked about patty cake type games, like Miss Mary Mack.
The one game that I was aware of that no one else was we had called BASH. (and I have been unable to find any reference to it on the Internet. My brother taught it to me – maybe he did make it up? I don’t know.) It was a two player war type game. B stood for battleship, A stood for airplane, S stood for submarine, and H stood for helicopter. On a piece of paper, you drew islands, then put the word BASH at both ends of the paper, once for each player. You could take one piece of equipment out at a time by making a quick pen stroke from that letter. When the stroke ended was where you would draw a dot. If you were a watercraft and your stroke crossed an island, you died and would have to take a new piece out the next time. If you were an aircraft and your endpoint was not on a island, it also killed that piece. The idea was to get your pen stroke through the most recent dot of the other person to blow them up. Whoever was the last one with live equipment won. Anyone else ever play this?
There was another thing girls would do in Junior High that only one other person had heard of (and I can’t find on the Internet, but it is a hard thing to search for). You wrote down two people’s names, one above the other, usually your own and the guy you had a crush on. Then you wrote TRUELOVE underneath those. Then you would count the letters as they appeared in your names. So if there was 1 T in your name, and one in his, you wrote 2 under the T. Then you would add the numbers that were next to each other and write the result below. This way, each line had one fewer digits than the line above. You stopped at two digits, and that was supposed to be a gauge of how much the two of you were meant for each other.
I am thinking that there were other things we did as children to pass the time, but I guess I am getting old and can’t remember.
Reminisce with me – how did you kill time growing up? Tell me about it!