eeny potato

I just read an article in “Good Old Days Looking Back” that reminded me of things we did during my childhood. Naturally, many of the articles in this publication have the same effect.

What made this one different was the use of potatoes rather than tigers or soda crackers.

The author of the piece, Richard Sorenson, told of how he and his friends would select a person to be the captain of a team they were preparing to form.

Their trusty standby was, “One potato, two potato, three potato, four, five potato, six potato, seven potato more.” Of course, whoever was reciting the words was also pointing to his or her friends as each word was said. Whoever was the ‘pointee’ when “more” was spoken was the chosen one.

I vaguely remember the ‘potato’ rhyme, but our gang used other versions of the selection process. One was the old standby “eeny, meeny, miney, mo, catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers let him go. eeny, meeny, miney, mo.”

Shamefully, I have to admit that it wasn’t always a tiger we were catching by the toe.

Our other favorite was, “acka backa, soda cracker, ack back boo. In comes Uncle Sam and out goes Y – O – U.”

As I recall, this latter rhyme was used repeatedly until only one person was left. That leads me to believe we did it to select the person who would get to do something we all wanted to do.

I’m also left wondering if there were other words to recite when making childhood decisions. We’re the methods different based on the geographical or ethnic area? Perhaps the people who stop by and read my musings can enlighten us.

Thanks, in advance for your comments.

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