Quadrille 8

The times they are a-changing

skipping game image via Google

Little girls in frilly frocks
curls and bows and silly socks
played skipping games,
picking sides by calling names
jumping rope for endless hours
running wild and picking flowers.
Nowadays in tees and jeans
they watch screens.


for Quadrille Monday (44 words including Skip) at dVerse

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22 Responses to Quadrille 8

  1. colonialist says:

    Lovely – and I liked the afterthought substitution for TV.
    BUT I would love to see it as tees and jeans. I don’t think it needs the rhyme broken to get the effect of the turnabout!


  2. catterel says:

    All those skipping games and the rhymes that went with them, passed on by generation of schoolchildren – all gone? Or have any survived? I suddenly had flashbacks, throwing a ball against a wall so many times and the actions that went with each set of numbers … do any children do that nowadays?

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  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I’m glad I grew up in those olden days which you recreate with such joy. 🙂

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  4. And they miss so much–I have the scars to prove it (literally).

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  5. Ha!
    and WInks Viv..
    i am like a little
    girl skipping rope

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  6. I really like the rhyming style of this piece. Theme is also very true – children don’t play outside as much as they used to do. Probably because adults feel its too dangerous outside.

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  7. Marie-Jo says:

    Charmant !

    Les temps changent
    Autre temps, autres enfants
    Jeux d’antan, jeux d’enfants

    Jeux d’antan, jeux charmants
    Avant les enfants jouaient
    ils sont devant un écran,
    comme leurs parents
    trop longtemps.

    Mes enfants sont grands
    et l’écran
    de la maison est tentant,
    mais j’apprends,
    grâce à lui, tout le temps,
    tout en me distrayant.
    Les enfants me man-

    C’est le printemps;
    dansons maintenant
    Chaque chose en son temps.



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    • Ah ces écrans, omni-présents. Ils nous distraient mais aussi nous éduquaient.


      • Marie-Jo says:

        nous éduquent, eh !

        J’ai essayé de traduire ton joli poème :

        Les petites filles qui portaient des robes fleuries,
        des rubans dans leurs cheveux bouclés et des chaussettes ridicules
        jouaient à la corde à sauter,
        changeant de partenaire(s) / formant des équipes en s’interpellant
        jouant ainsi sans fin / pendant d’innombrables heures / d’incalculables heures
        s’amusant librement
        De nos jours en jean et tee-shirt
        elles regardent la télé.

        WordReference English-French Dictionary
        quadrille n (old-fashioned dance for couples) (danse) quadrille nm
        Collins Dictionary :
        skipping (ˈskɪpɪŋ )
        the act of jumping over a rope that is held and swung either by the person jumping or by two other people, as a game or for exercise
        Règle du jeu “Corde à sauter”
        Il y a plusieurs manières pour sauter à la corde. La manière traditionnelle en sautant à pieds joints par dessus la corde qui passe par dessus-la tête et par-devant soi. Mais on peut aussi sauter en arrière; il suffit de faire tourner la corde à l’envers.
        On peut encore sauter en croisant les pieds, ou en croisant les bras, ou bien enfin “au galop” en courant et en sautant en même temps.

        On pense souvent que la corde à sauter est un jeu “pour les filles” mais on oublie de dire que les boxeurs, pour entrainer leur “jeu de jambes”, pratiquent toujours la corde à sauter.
        On joue également à la corde à sauter à plusieurs, au moins trois, deux pour faire tourner la corde et une qui saute au milieu.

        Jeu de la corde à sauter : Mademoiselle
        “Mademoiselle (le prénom de celle qui est en train de sauter) est la préférée
        De Monsieur (le prénom de son prétendu amoureux) qui veut l’épouser.
        Si c’est oui c’est de l’espérance,
        Si c’est non c’est de la souffrance
        Un, deux, trois”

        À ce moment là les personnes qui tournent la corde accélèrent le mouvement et à chaque saut ponctuent par un “oui”, “non”.
        Si la personne qui saute rate sur un “oui”, ce sera de l’espérance, si elle rate sur un “non”, ce sera de la malchance !
        Enfin, n’oublions surtout pas qu’il ne s’agit que d’un jeu !! heureusement ;o))
        WordReference English-French Dictionary
        jump rope,
        UK: skipping rope n US (skipping rope) corde à sauter nf
        Little girls like to play with jump ropes.
        Les petites filles adorent jouer à la corde à sauter.
        Dictionnaire Larousse :
        to pick or to choose sides former des équipes
        Linguee English-French Dictionary :
        endless hours
        sans fin / pendant d’innombrables heures / d’incalculables heures
        des heures et des heures / des heures interminables
        WordReference English-French Dictionary:
        run wild vi (be uncontrolled) agir en liberté vi + adv
        Residents say that gangs are running wild in the streets.
        Les résidents disent que les délinquants agissent en liberté dans le quartier.
        WordReference English-French Dictionary
        picking n (act of picking) (personne, chose) choix, sélection nm

        Reverso English-French Dictionary:
        to pick
        to choose (something) deliberately or carefully, from or as if from a group or number; select

        The rules about picking wild flowers > picking flowers
        Wild flowers According to Dominic Price of wild plant protection charity Plantlife, “it is not normally an offence to pick the ‘Four Fs’ – fruit, foliage, fungi or flowers – if the plants are growing wild and it is for your personal use and not for sale.” Dozens of rare or endangered plants – from the lady’s slipper orchid and adder’s tongue, to threadmoss and sandwort – are, however, protected under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act, so pick those and you could face arrest (though you’re unlikely to stumble across too many of them). Whatever you do, don’t drag up the whole plant to resettle it in your own garden – the law firmly forbids the uprooting of any wild plant.

        Urban Dictionary :
        Flower picking
        basically, it means grabbing tits. you can also say picking flowers.
        Joe: Hey man, what’d you do saturday night?
        John: Me and some homies went to flower picking.
        Joe: NICE! How were they?
        John: Double D baby
        by nick block September 29, 2008
        Women’s secret source of power over men. Having the right tits often results in social and economic gain.
        by Anonymous October 01, 2003

        > LIBRES ET SE LIBÉRANT (??)
        Urban Dictionary :
        pick flowers
        It is a term New Yorkers use as “getting drunk” to use if you dont want any one knowing you are.. such as your parents:)
        Hey Amy, lets go pick some flowers at Zeds house. That would be fun!!
        by Val November 03, 2004

        > s’amusant librement (??)
        WordReference English-French Dictionary
        tee n informal, abbreviation (clothing: T-shirt) T-shirt, tee-shirt nm
        tee-shirt n (short-sleeved collarless top) (anglicisme) T-shirt, tee-shirt nm
        In the summer I usually wear just shorts and a T-shirt.
        En été, en général, je ne porte qu’un short et un T-shirt.

        Dictionnaire CNRTL :
        TEE-SHIRT, T-SHIRT, subst. masc.
        Maillot en jersey de coton, initialement sans col et à manches courtes, dont la forme rappelle celle d’un T.
        JEAN, subst. masc.
        A. − Abrév. de blue-jean. La belle en « jeans » aux pieds nus est remplacée par la femme qui veut paraître « habillée », même à la plage (Le Monde,14 juill. 1967ds Gilb. 1971).Il est grand (…) avec des épaules larges, des jambes longues et musclées auxquelles colle la toile du jean (J.-P. Bastid, Méchoui-massacre, Paris, Gallimard, 1974, p. 59).Elle a réussi à arracher Ronnie à ses rôles de série B, ses rodéos, ses jeans (Elle,janv. 1981, no1828, p. 32).
        Rem. Employé indifféremment au sing. ou au plur., comme blue-jean.


  8. Happy to sad in eight lines!

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  9. kanzensakura says:

    So very true. Our neighbors do not allow their children to live in front of a screen. We live on a very quiet street. It is a joy to see them roller skating, or jumping rope or in their yard swinging from the tree swing their father hung for them…chasing fireflies at night in the summer – oh the laughs one gets to hear. It makes me smile. It is up the to parents indeed to determine screen time, not the children.

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  10. Grace says:

    How times have changed…I wish young kids would be more active than always checking their phones and watching stuff in the computer ~

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  11. whimsygizmo says:

    SAD. Indeed. I am raising two young teens, and it is a challenge to find balance. We’re getting there.

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  12. how true or they play video games and never move off the chair

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  13. Alas alas, they do watch TV (or even worse it’s youtube)… somehow the skipping ropes and playing has ceased to be important..


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