One of the boys.....

Games I used to Play - I was one of the boys when I was younger.
@Zelmarq (11509)
Cebu City, Philippines
July 30, 2007 11:44pm CST
I have considered my self as one of the boys when I was younger. I grew up in a boy dominant neighborhood, there were more boys and lesser girls. This is why I have always enjoyed playing boy games since I was in gradeschool and early highschool. When girls played girl games and girl toys like dolls and paper and many others,I played with wooden guns, rubber bands and marbles. I dont know if children today played marbles and games that we usd to play when we were young. I have observed that children dont play those games anymore, they are more hooked on computer games and all the techy ones. Mom would always scold me when I go home with all those marbles and rubber bands or when I go home dirty after a session of hide and seek and playing patentero, or a session of climbingtreees and the like. I missed those days. As the eldest in the family of seven when I was on my second year in high school I have stopped plaing those games for there more reponsibilities at home that mother assinged to me. Hope you can also share your childhood adventures here.
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• United States
31 Jul 07
When I was younger I was a major tomboy, still am in a way. I've just never really liked most things that girls usually do. While growing up I had more guy friends than girl friends. That changed through the years, but if I were to count I would still have more guy friends than girl friends. I did have barbies when growing up and did play with them, but I would always be playing with my brother's transformers and playing video games with him. I never climbed trees though, since my mother wouldn't allow us to, but did play marbles and other games that some would consider to be more for boys.
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Sep 07
I never had barbies and girlie stuff likes that. My parents could not afford those expensive toys.
• United States
13 Sep 07
I only got new ones like once in a blue moon. My parents didn't have the money for them either, so it was like a treat when I did get one. Most that I had though were gifted to me from other family members.
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
16 Sep 07
Thats nice, I have an officemate who never played with barbies so on her first salary on her first job, she bought a barbie as a gift for herself. It was cool.
@fab315 (1244)
• Philippines
31 Jul 07
When i was a kid i'm more into boys' games too. Being the eldest and only daughter, i grew up spending time with my male cousins and brother. Since i'm the only daughter i have no playmate to play with, like dolls or girly games. I remember every vacation me with my brother and with our cousins would go our grandparents farm. We'll go climb some mangoe trees, i tried to climb a coconut tree once but ended up ripping my shorts LOL!!. We used to ride on my grandfather's carabao, it was great fun. We did play some marbles as well, i had one of those big marbles, i called it "mother marble" hehehehe., played some cards, rubber bands? hehehe love them! we had this game called "dampa" and i nearly hurt my hands. You're right kids nowadays are different, their way of having fun is more modern...(and bit expensive) those computer games, play station. I miss those times, being outside, get dirty and having fun. cheers! :D
@fab315 (1244)
• Philippines
8 Sep 07
Hello! So nice of you to give me "BR"...happy posting and good discussion..take care..mwahugs! *smile* thank you so much! ciao! =)
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Sep 07
Thats a very nice story, shows a well adjusted and happy person you are. Our childhood memeories are important to us coz its something we can look back to.
@mari_skye (1638)
• Philippines
31 Jul 07
I was more on the male side when I was a kid too. Probably because most of the cousins my age are boys, so we had fun playing rough games designed more for the boys. But I didn't mind then. I have a lot of souvenir scars because of these games. We also used to play with rubber bands and marbles and tops- I did not excel in this game though. We also used to play lucky 9 using 'teks' cards. I remember I got into a huge fight with a neighbor because of this one, hey, he cheated! There were a lot of games that we played and we stayed out in the streets often playing 'shato', tumbang preso, piko and a lot else that I don't know how they are called in Tagalog. Pity that kids don't get to know how enjoyable these games can be.
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Sep 07
Our environment could have influence on the way we behave, the games we play and it could also have an influence on our views on things.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
31 Jul 07
Oh, I used to play marbles too when I was a kid with not only boys, but girls as well in my time. We didn't have much to play then. We also played cards and majiong.
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Sep 07
Yikes, thats too young to learn playing cards and majong. Even I dont know how to play majong at age of 31. Thats cool to learn that adult games.
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
31 Jul 07
wow that's a large family. i used to have fun playing games in the sand around large trees whilst waiting for school to start after the school bus dropped us off. we played a game called crocodile, where the only safe places were the tree roots, and we had to perch precariously on it, and not fall into the crocodile infested 'sand'. it was fun!
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Sep 07
I used to play the same game but its called " langit, lupa" or in english heaven and earth.
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
Thats me too...I grew up with two brothers and their mates...When girls my age were out chasing boys I was working under a car bonnet..I have worked in male dominated industries, and most of my mates are guys..I wouldnt have it any other way...
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@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
13 Sep 07
Wow, you are a certified one of the boys. I was one of the boys when I was younger but I have been working in a female kind of work.
• United States
3 Aug 07
Growing up without many friends except my two sisters and the neighbor boy we did all kinds of stuff. We played cowboys and indians, we would put a hose in the yard and pretend it was our space ship and we here the characters from star treck. I was always the black lady I cannot remember her name. We also lived on a river and jumped rockes and fished. We had farm animals and had lots of responsibilities like milking the goats, mucking the pens, feeding the chickens, and even butchering the animals. I did my share of all of that. Swimming in the river and floating down the rapids are my most fondest memories of growing up. Playing with my sisters are also the best memories. I am still close with my older and twin sister.
@mssnow (9496)
• United States
1 Aug 07
Well, I have always been a girlie girl. I loved barbies. I had barbie, ken, skipper, scooter and midge. I also had the house and the car and lots of clothes. I was the one who would get the boys to play house. lol I have always been a flirt. I could get a boy to do most anything I wanted lol. I also loved jacks. I was the champion jack player. No one in my school could beat me. I didn't like boys games. although when the boys chased the girls with bugs I was always right there wanting to see it and hold it. I have always loved bugs.
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I grew up in the best of both worlds- I played with Barbie’s by myself- but I spent more time outside playing hide and seek- climbing trees, riding bikes, roller skating- etc. with both boys and girls- We all played together when I was growing up- I was hardly ever home- And certainly not playing on the computer- or watching a lot of TV- Children were outside- My daughter plays outside a lot- I make sure of it- Gameboy is the only gaming system she has and she can play it on car rides and such- I think she has played it 10 times in a year-
• Romania
31 Jul 07
well..as a boy, i'd want to know somenone like you. a girl in a boy group is a bit strange but it's ok. about the computer games, the children are going crazy and i think that the parents are guilty. nowadays is a normal think that a child, no more than 7-8 years old, has a computer. i prefer to practice sport and enjoy the life with my friends, not stay in front of a monitor and spend the time badly there.
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• Philippines
31 Jul 07
i'm the youngest of 8 siblings. with the last 2 boys i came after, i used to play with them, especially the one who came before me. his friends or peer is my peer and my peer is his peer as well. i grew up in a man's world, so to speak. my father fed us through his construction business (definitely a man's world). everytime, i'd go with him to the construction site, i love riding on the heavy equipments used. and playing with the shovels, sand, gravel, hammer and nails, wood, everything. i used to pretend i'm one of the laborers or carpenters. i love sawing wood and trying to build something. even my brother would let me help him in carpentry and painting. even when i got married i still feel dominant and manly. i still do the little handy works in the house. i paint walls and cabinets. do the extension cords needed for the appliances. hit the nail for hanging pictures. just like any handyman. and i'm proud to still be a bit boyish. coz i know i can live on my own.
• China
31 Jul 07
i am one of the boys maybe
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I played with the boys and girls at school when I was little. I was a bit of a tomboy I guess in about the first grade. However, I very much liked playing with dolls. I remember I always wanted a doll with long hair and then I would cut it ( thinking it would grow back) and use crayons and stuff to put "makeup" on them.
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• Indonesia
31 Jul 07
I was kinda like a boy too when I was a kid. I always play with most boy and boy games. I can say I never played with dolls, barbie or anything like that. We all kids that time played marbles, hide and seek, batalion, pecah piring, patok lele ( in my language that were what they called) and they were all rude games like throwing balls towards your body. But I did enjoy all that games, though they were all rude and tough.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Oh I miss those days too! marbles. mumely peg, treeclimbing , horseback riding. swimming (We got a pool the other day so I can do some swimming its not to big). Racing foot or horse back. Football baseball and basketball ( which I wasnt all that good in and I think that was the only sport I wasnt good in) boxing. Thats all I can think of right now
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
31 Jul 07
We had more boys in our neighborhood than girls too and we often played boy games like bull rush, and hide and seek, and marbles too. I was into marbles back then. Your right, these games are hardly played nowadays. I hope to get my son interested in marbles, you can do lots with marbles.
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• Philippines
13 Sep 07
Oh! You have a very nice childhood, and you have indeed enjoyed it. I can also recall those younger days of mine. When I was just about 6-12 years of age. I grow up in a rural area. It is in the mountains. We have no television before so I just spend my time playing also just like you. I played also marble. And the sad part is that I don't have money to buy so I just trade it with other kids. Sometimes when I play the marble with my friend I lost, and since I have no more left I cried so they would give me back my marbles. I can also remember playing with rubber and arrange it in many ways. I played chinese garter. I used also to climb on trees even if I am already in my high school. I swam a lot in our river and the falls. I think the games I played in my younger days is irreplaceable and it is one of my nicest experience in my life.