When Napoleon Dynamite came out a few years ago I never thought it would become one of my favorite movies. I've seen it quite a few times since my first viewing and still love it. The Utah/Southern Idaho culture is ripe for satire and Napoleon Dynamite hits much of that nail squarely on the head. The game of tether ball is shown a number of times. Recess time at my grade school almost always included tether ball. Other games that were played were hopscotch, dodge ball and jumping rope.
Last Sunday our family met the English 101 group at a local park for a picnic. The day was absolutely perfect, temps in the 80's and beautiful fall colors breaking out in the mountain backdrop. There were quite a few jump ropes to keep the kids busy, not the old fashioned kind of rope jump ropes, but customized jump ropes made with colorful plastic tubing that loudly slapped the sidewalk with each turn.
Little Ms. Eris started out the fun. She is nearly seven and has lately been improving her skills.
Soon the rest of the kids wanted in on the fun so the long rope was put into play.
Athena and Eris wanted a turn as well.
Now this is scary. My mother is 78 years old. She insisted on a turn in the ropes, assisted by her great-grandson Bubba. She made it over the rope for a few rotations before Bubba missed. Thankfully, no broken bones.