A Childhood Game

In the morning, before the sun came out, a group of Nigerian-Igbo children, boys, and girls, ages four through six, would gather in the front yard of the family house, and we would use a dry twig to scratch out a grid of columns and rows inside a six-foot square area on the sandy, earthy […]



In the morning, before the sun came out, a group of Nigerian-Igbo children, boys, and girls, ages four through six, would gather in the front yard of the family house, and we would use a dry twig to scratch out a grid of columns and rows inside a six-foot square area on the sandy, earthy ground. Then we would take turns and line up with our backs to the grid. From outside the margin, the first child would throw a pebble over his head, hoping that it would land in any of the smaller units of the grid.

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