Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Gardenia Banta]
...Ain't she funny asking me all them foolish questions?...
We played a ring game that went like this:
You go round the mulberry tree
And I'll go 'round the cherry.
Hug her and kiss her
And call her honey.
Sometimes the game broke up when some of the children said their mamas didn't want them kissing.
Did you ever hear of Fish-Tail? Well, we used to play a game called Fish-Tail. Each child must be a part-of the fish. The fins, the gills, the eyes, the scales — anything. Of course the funniest part is the one that is the tail. 'Course they'd be delicate (the children who had taken the role of the fish's tail) and they wouldn't want to say it. But the leader would make everybody say what they were. The last child called on would have to say “Fish-tail”.
Did you ever hear of the Mirror Game? Well, you'd have a stand — a chair or something. You laid the mirror down flat on it (face down). Then somebody stood by the mirror. The other players take the role of some animal you could be anything. We (informant and sister) were always big and fat and we were always the elephants and the teddy-bears. The leader who stood by the mirror said, “Come on up and see if you can spot what you are”. You went up and looked at the back of the mirror and you'd say, “No, I don't see it”. Then the leader would turn the mirror over and when the child would come up, the leader would say, “I see the monkey” when the child looked in the mirror.
......I can't think of no more nonsense...Calling your businss nonsense...