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Thread #110753   Message #2967811
Posted By: GUEST
18-Aug-10 - 09:32 AM
Thread Name: kids' game: I'm goin' down town to smoke my pipe
Subject: RE: kids' game: I'm goin' down town to smoke my pipe
We played "Old Mammy Witch" at school in Talbotville, Ontario (between London and St. Thomas), in the mid-to-late 1950's. I was in grades one and two when we played it...at the instigation of older girls, who always got to be the witch and mother.
I didn't really understand all of it, but it was the version that went: "I'm going to town to smoke my pipe and won't be back til Saturday (Friday?) night...and I'm leaving YOU in charge!" The rest of the game consisted of the "witch" tricking kids into going with her, then giving them a food name, as mentioned by other posters. When the last "child" was taken, the mother came back and, again as mentioned by others, had to act out street names the witch sent her on.
I've tried to describe this game to other people, and got an eye-rolling "you're crazy" kind of response...glad to know I wasn't really making this up! (The game kind of petered out when the older girls got interested in boys...then we switched to "Red Rover" and "Mother, May I?", and baseball...kids knew how to entertain themselves back then!)