January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
All the way back to Laurelhurst Elementary and the rules (thrilled to find them!!) for “7 up,” an addictive ball-bouncing game of coordination, determination, and agility (complete opposite from the rainy-day indoor game we played at our classroom desks).
We played outdoors against the brick walls of the lunchroom side entry, as I recall. No stairs there, smooth cement for the ball to bounce on, and no windows. The ball was important. The size of a tennis ball but not a tennis ball. Those were either too bouncy or dead and just didn’t have the right – phunt – bounce sound. It had to be made of that semi squishy solid rubber with bright swirly designs or an overall red or blue paint with stars all over – like the kind you could buy for a quarter at long gone Zoph’s Pharmacy on Lake City Way. Ohhh how I loved a brand new one. Mr. and Mrs. Zoph always stocked a huge basket of them.