Saddle Oxfords and Bobby Socks
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 want to talk about something else for now.
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?