One of my happiest purchases as a kid was my big, red rubber ball. You know, like the kind you used to play kickball and four square during recess? Remember those games?
Kickball may have been my favorite of the two playground games, but I know I logged a lot of hours playing four square.
So, when a group of co-workers found one of those balls laying around the other day, and proposed a lunch-time round of four square, I was all over the idea.
The problem was, all I really remembered about the game was that four people each stand in a square and the each take turns bouncing the ball back and forth. Beyond that, I wasn't so sure of the objective. Not to worry, though, apparently most everyone else had forgotten the rules, too. Fortunately, we have this new-fangled thing called the Internet nowadays and the rules for four square were just a few clicks away.
So, at lunch time Thursday, eight of us went out to a remote part of the parking lot. We used four parking spaces and some chalk to outline our four squares, and had at it.
What amazed me was how much fun we had. The rounds went really fast and no one had to wait for long to rotate back in. I'm happy to say that the game came back to me quickly and I was a competitive player, spending several rounds in the "king" or No. 1 position. Although, I would have done better if I'd been in gym shoes instead of flip-flops. You know, the whole twist an ankle thing.
Before we knew it, our hour of designated play time was up and we had to return to work. I'm thinking that there will be future sessions of four square. Problem is, we had perfect mid-70 degree weather on Thursday. Future days in the summer are likely to be much hotter, and who wants to return to work as a big ball of sweat?