September 28, 2007
One Advantage to Being an Aging Boomer
One of the advantages to being an aging Baby Boomer is the enlightenment one achieves with age. This morning while reading a story on how some school districts have banned the playground game "tag" (sigh) I was trying to remember other "dangerous" games we played way back when.
Hide and seek came to mind and I began to wonder the origin of "Ollie Ollie Oxen Free" (yelled when the seeker finally gives up and everyone comes in for round two.) It seems the phrase is possibly a corruption of the German "Alle, alle auch sind frei", (literally, "Everyone, everyone also is free").
OK, so on to the next mystery - a song my mother used to sing to us - "Mairzy Doats And Dozy Doats and liddle lamzy divey A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?" I found out years ago that the literal translation is: "Mares eat oats And does eat oats And little lambs eat ivy. A kid will eat ivy too, Wouldn't you?" (sigh) I liked my mother's version better.
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