Do you recall memories from your childhood? I do. My earliest memory is from all the way back to when I was a toddler. More about that in another post.
I was in elementary school during the 60s and these were the shoes I wore. Black and white saddle oxfords with bobby socks and a dress. I hated wearing dresses!
The shoes were comfortable and rugged. Just the perfect shoes for jumping rope, playing hopscotch, and running fast so as not to be caught when playing tag on the playground during recess.
Oh my, playing tag brings back memories. I remember at times the boys in my class would want to play tag with the girls but there was a catch – If they caught you they got to kiss you!
I don’t recall any of us girls ever being caught. I know I was never caught. Those rugged saddle oxfords helped me outrun the boys. No way was I going to be caught and kissed. Even though there was always a boy in my class that I “liked” that didn’t mean I wanted him to catch me and kiss me!
Now that I think about it, I wonder if the boys really tried to catch us. Were we all that fast or did the boys not try hard enough? Maybe they really didn’t have any intention of kissing us.
Speaking of kissing, here’s a double dutch jump rope rhyme we used to say :
(Girl’s name) and boy’s name) sitting in a tree
First comes love, then comes marriage
Then comes (girl’s name) with a baby carriage
How many babies will she have?
Here’s a few more I recall:
Cinderella dressed in yellow
Went downstairs to kiss a fellow
Made a mistake and kissed a snake
How many doctors did it take?
1, 2, 3…
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well
How many years did Peter
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief
Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief
Which one will I marry?
Through all the jumping, hopping, and running the saddle oxfords never fell apart. They were built to last.
Did you wear these shoes when you went to school?
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Love this post! So fun to re-live these songs. My husband just bought a classic 1955 Chevy and we are going to start going to classic car shows & cruise-ins. He told me to start looking for some saddle oxfords. Thanks!! I will be ordering one of these.
Glad you liked it! I saw where you were talking about the car. Has he decided on a name for it?
Oh yes! I do remember the saddle shoes and jump roping! We didn’t do the kissing thing with the boys, though. They chased each other around the blacktop parking lot that was our “playground” (Catholic school) and we jumped to those songs you mentioned. We didn’t feel one bit deprived to not have the fancy twisty-twirly slide amusement parks that kids have today!
Yes Joyce, kids today will never understand what it was like to be a kid back in the day.
Oh how I remember playing that very tag game in school. I can remember kicking boys in the shin to avoid the kiss too!! I was in elementary school in the 60’s, but I don’t remember ever having a pair of saddle oxfords.
Yes Teresa, run fast or kick their shins 🙂
I sang all those songs too – but with slightly different words – it must be a trans-continental shift or something. We never had oxfords though……most of us wore sneakers or black lace up school shoes.
Well Leanne, you may not be as old as I am…and then too maybe saddle oxfords weren’t “in” when you went to school in Australia 🙂
Oh the memories you have brought back. I haven’t thought of these jump rope saying in ages. Yes I had black and white saddle shoes and later as a cheerleader we wore red and white saddle shoes. Awesome reminder.
Glad it brought back memories for you Candy!
Babushka wasn’t one for saddle shoes, but she sure did use those white vinyl gogo boots till they were too small to wear. jaha Memories of hotpants and bellbottom jeans come next. Gracias for the happy memorias. BB2U
You’re most welcome Babushka and thank you for partying with us! Oh yes, the hot pants, gogo boots, and bell bottom jeans – all memories for me!
I wore them to school and on our dance team at school. They are actually back in style. Loved the 60s and 70s.
I know Rhonda, how cool is that having them be back in style?
Oh those were the good ole days. Yes, I wore those oxfords and those double dutch rhymes…what fun! I was pretty good at double dutch too. 🙂 Fun post Dee. I have shared on my social media.
Yes Clearissa, the good ole days 🙂
I wore them in the 70’s to school. I loved those shoes and sang those jump rope songs. So much fun to relive some memories. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday, hope to see you next week!
Thank you for visiting and for you comment Kileen.
I loved those shoes!
♥I think everyone wore them back then Renee♥
Oh, those jump rope rhymes! I remember them all! I jumped a million jumps to those, while wearing saddle oxfords, and yes, dresses! Isn’t that funny? I don’t even remember having tennis shoes until I got old enough to play basketball. I wore those saddle oxfords for every occasion. I had several pairs! They were a staple when you grew out of them, you got another pair, just like the last pair that no longer fit. And when I was a cheerleader, I had a pair of saddle oxfords just for cheering!
Oh, the memories….
Yes Sylvia, those shoes were awesome back then ♥
loved wearing them all the time
Oh, you wore them too Donna? Seems every girl wore them back then.
Yes, I sure did have these shoes and loved them! These are great memories!!!
Thanks, Susan. I bought them for my daughter when she went to school but she didn’t seem to like them so much. I don’t recall my granddaughter ever wearing them.
Oh, I remember my saddle shoes Dee! I would love to find them in adult sizes now. Don’t laugh, I am serious! I loved those darn shoes. I had a black and white pair, and my sister had white and pink. I am off in search of shoes now. Thanks!
Cara, they have adult sizes on Amazon 🙂
It’s funny how something as simple as a pair of shoes can bring the memories flooding back. They do look ever so comfy though! Sim x
So true, Sim.