Thursday, December 18, 2008


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23

I have always been a schemer. If I ever try to pretend I was a good and sweet girl, someone pull out this story, pretty please:

Anyone remember Heads Up 7Up?

I totally had a blast to the past while volunteering in my daughters' 4th grade classroom this Wonderful Wet Wednesday. The teacher called out that they were staying inside for recess and I was instantly taken back to 1982 at Chapman Elementary School in Gardena, CA. Though I can barely remember my own children's names these days, I can somehow recall every single detail of playing that marvelous game in my own 4th grade classroom.

I can hear the sound of the teacher saying "Let's play Heads Up, 7up!" and the cheers as the whole class celebrated. I can even hear the teacher's tone as she'd say, "Okay, who are going to be my first choosers?"

I can almost replicate the exact sound of start of the game... "Alright, boys and girls, heads down, thumbs up!"

I can feel that feeling of my breath on the desk as I leaned my head on my arms to hide my eyes and put my thumb up for the choosing.

I can hear the sound of kids quietly walking around the classroom on the wood floor of our old school building. I can even hear my own heart beat as I silently hoped to be picked.

I can see the shoes of my classmates as I cleverly peeked through my arms when they paused behind me to press my thumb down.

~ahem~ I mean to say, I can feel the sweaty fingers of my classmates as they stealthily touched my thumb and tiptoed away, leaving me to somehow figure out who chose me.

I can hear the teacher call out "Okay, Heads Up! Seven Up!" and the scrape of the chairs as seven children stand up to guess who pressed their thumbs down.

I can taste the sweet victory as I amazingly win the game again! Oh, what a wonderful, delightful activity for children! Pure joy!

Sadly, my daughters' class wasn't playing Heads Up 7up today, or I might have had to stay and see if I still have those mad guessing skillz. Instead, they were playing 4 Corners. I hate to admit it, but since I've never played before, I never developed a strategy for play. And, since I didn't have that all important strategy, I excused myself and walked away full of warm memories of the days of yore, my undefeated status still intact.

How about you? Do you remember any favorite Rainy Day Games?
Did you cheat have a strategy for winning?

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Gretchen said...

Oh, thanks for that memory, HG. Your word pictures are so brilliant.

Liz said...

You gave a very good description of how you felt. It's funny how I remember my heart beating the same way.

Sing4joy said...

NOW I know why I could never win that game!!! You cheatmeister you. I mean, you incredibly adept game player you. ROFL. Good choice to leave with your record intact.

beeeeeeeee said...

Oh wow - I thought I was the only one who did that...

care-in said...

Hee hee! What is it about that game that gets kids all excited? The best is when too many kids stand up because they all thought their thumbs were pushed down.

I like four corners! I've never played it. It is now in my substitute teacher bag o tricks.