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Thread #35850   Message #2658573
Posted By: GUEST,Uly
17-Jun-09 - 10:40 AM
Thread Name: Help with playing 'Chinese Jump Rope'
Subject: RE: Help with playing 'Chinese Jump Rope'
Sure, let's see...

I'm 26 now, so I would have learned Chinese Jump Rope... *thinks hard* Late 80s, early 90s.

We moved to Staten Island when I was 10, but I probably started doing Chinese Jump Rope with my sister when I was six or so... so... 1989? I very specifically remember doing it when I was in Bluebirds. (They're not called Bluebirds anymore, but at the time it was the youngest age group of CampFire Girls. Which now is co-ed.)

To be very specific, this was in Bensonhurst, and now I live on the North Shore of Staten Island :)

Bensonhurst at the time was still a very Italian neighborhood (might still be, I haven't been back in ages - but I know for a fact that some of the big stores there, like Alba's, moved to Staten Island specifically because so many of their customers had moved here), and had a lot of Hispanic kids as well, at least where we were, so most of the people in my neighborhood were either white or Hispanic... but visiting other playgrounds, I don't recall seeing anybody doing jump rope jump rope until we moved to Staten Island. If they did it was probably double dutch or so. In fact, when we moved here I was surprised to hear people jumping rope with rhymes - I thought that was something you did in books, not real life!

These were all girl things. (And I do apologize for the run-on sentences. Eek!)