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>> Wednesday, January 30, 2008

By which I think we always meant "come out, come out, wherever you are--all who's out, come in free" in a game of tag, but I didn't know the exact translation until I was grown.  My son obviously has his own similar issues with the same game. His sister counted while he hid, then called out "apples, peaches, pumpkin pie, any not ready, holler aye!"  Soon, his turn came to search. He counted (in a fashion--"one, two, three, eight, sixteen, sixteen, eight, five...") then called out, "apples, punkin pie, macaroni and cheese baked in the oven!"