Mudcat Café message #409077 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29667   Message #409077
Posted By: Penny S.
01-Mar-01 - 06:01 PM
Thread Name: Knocky Door Ginger
Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
I spent ages wandering about Folkestone, going to ask if girls from school could play, which they never could. I had learned where they lived from going to parties, and worked out on the ground the best solution to a version of the commercial traveller's problem of the shortest route, factoring in the most favoured targets and the best places to spend time if, as turned out, playing outside was not an option for others. I just didn't know that nice girls didn't play out - my mother grew up in the country and did nothing else as a child. I grew up reading Arthur Ransome and Malcolm Saville. I thought that was what people did.

It was a good place to learn to wander a landscape, because of the line of hills behind the town, and the sea, which gave a framework to work on. I can read maps! I have recently wondered if the next generation, where the boys are far more constrained, as girls used to be, will need books called "Why people can't read maps".

When we played "What's the Time Mr Wolf?" a bunch of children trailed the wolf round the playground, and the wolf would answer with the times, leading up to breakfast time, lunchtime and dinnertime. There was no link with the times and the number of steps. I can't remember what happened to anyone caught - were they the next wolf?