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Remembering Our Childhood Plays – Part 2

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Da me again. Da me Paul. As I said in the previous article, most of us grown men and women engaged in many childhood plays when we were growing up. Da lie, my people? Da na lie.

As we all may know, some of those childhood plays were bad and others were good. Some were actually risky, but we didn’t really have time. I Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

In the last article, I mentioned only one childhood play – the one we used to call free kick. Ehn yor remember it? Today, I want to mention two. You like it, jacko; you na like it, Jack-o’-Lantern. Da me say so.

2. Buffet Ground Hold It

While the previous play, free kick, if it is proper to call it a play, is aimed at inflicting physical pain on your friends, this second practice is aimed at depriving your friends of food.  I really used to like this one because I was good at it – I believe.

This is how “Buffet Ground Holds It” works. Once you see your friend holding some food – bread, dough nut, cookies, meat, fruit, cassava, sugar cane, etc. – you do everything to find a point closer to him in order to hit the food from his hands. “We’re in buffet ground hold it” was the expression that stamped the agreement.

The goal is to get the food drop on the ground or floor. Once it drops, you quickly remark, “Buffet ground hold it,” which is the short version of “I buffet and let ground hold it.” This means the person is forbidden to make any attempt whatsoever to pick up the food. You then take the food and enjoy yourself.

It was sorrowful most of the time, especially when your friends were hungry, or when the food taken was the only one they had. To prevent being a victim of this play, the best thing to do was not to join, but if you joined, you had to practice holding your food tight, and not lightly. At times, fighting used to start, based on the resistance put up by the aggrieved person. But who would easily let his one loaf of bread go just like that? Anyway, I am now an adult; so, this one, too – Buffet Ground Hold It – I have put away.

3. Switching

Switching, like Free Kick, is meant to cause pain or injury on the other person. “We’re in switch” was the expression used to indicate the agreement reached. In this play, we had to, at all times, have a switch (long or short) with us – either held in our hands, or placed in some visible part of the body.

Once your friends discovered that you didn’t have any switch with you, they would keep whipping/switching you mercilessly until you found a switch somewhere somehow. This one was crazy, in my view, because if you tried to run to find a switch somewhere, the person whipping you would also tenaciously follow you, whipping you continuously, until you found a switch. I really used to like this one, too.

Now, I am an adult. So, like the Apostle Paul, I consider it a childish thing, and I have put it away. To be continued…

Seriously, my people, aren’t these points to ponder?

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