After a bit of research, I discovered this is the phrase used to end certain children’s games, like Hide-n-Seek. In my neck of the woods, we’d call out “Ally, ally, in free!” While the entomology of the phrase isn’t certain, there are some interesting suppositions and you can check them out on WIKIPEDIA. I especially like the idea it’s actually German in origin. I don’t know why, it’s just cool.
When I was growing up, the neighborhood gang would gather on warm summer evenings for games of hide-n-seek, tag, Mother-may-I, and June bug fights. June bugs didn’t just come out in June. They hit with the warm weather of May and stuck around until the first freeze. They swarm around lights and in southwest Oklahoma, they were thicker than mosquitoes. They can fly, crawl, and have sticky feet that cling to hair and clothes. You’d peel one off your shirt and hurl it at whoever was closest. This was usually followed by dads bringing out garden hoses and spraying us down, ostensibly to clean off the bug juice. 😀 Those were the days!
So why am I feeling nostalgic? I have no freaking clue. It’s certainly not summertime. I haven’t been to my hometown in…well, way longer than I want to remember. There are no kids or grandkids hanging around to trigger memories. But there I was, in the middle of writing a love scene, and this phrase kept repeating in my head. Gotta love those voices, right? There’s a message in there somewhere, I just have to get quiet enough and listen hard enough to hear it.
I’m taking a four day weekend. While I’m not quite going web-free, I won’t be on line near as much as usual. There’s a reason. A fun reason. One I’ll share next week. I’m not sure I’ll have anything posted for Tuesday, but I’ll be here Wednesday at the latest with an update. In the meantime, Iffy has put away her scissors. She’s advising me to be quiet on the WIP, too. There’s something…missing. I’m going in search of it for the next few days. And maybe, if I’m lucky, when I yell, “Ally, ally, in free!” the missing pieces will appear, fall into place and I won’t be “It” anymore. 😀
So…what was your favorite childhood game? And whose planning a big weekend?