Occupation: Spanish Teacher
Residence: Davenport, FL
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/4/2015
Primary Language: Spanish
Other Language(s): English
Informant (“M”) is a 52 year old woman from Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 1992, at the age of 30. She has two kids, a boy and a girl, who she raised in the United States. She has four siblings, two brothers and two sisters, she was the second born. She has a 102 year old Grandmother. Collection was over Skype.
Collector will be specified as “S”.
“M: We had a game that, I don’t know como se dice en ingles, it’s with the rope. Rope?
S: Yeah, like a jump rope?
M: Yeah. We played at recess every single day when I was in third grade, yeah. I remember very specific.
S: What sort of rules did the game have?
M: The rules is that you jump, and when you jump if you get stuck in the rope, you are out.
S: Did they use two ropes or one rope, was there a song that you sang?
M: You only used one rope, there was one person on one side, and someone on another, and you was moving the rope around.
S: You didn’t sing anything?
M: We count, either the person that was in the middle had to count, even if it made them tired.
M: Yeah the person who can jump for the more long time would win. But sometimes we moved the rope very fast, it was one way we made the person lose, because there was no way the person in the middle could jump that fast. But Colombia we used a specific rope, not the plastics or synthetics. It’s made with wheat, what is the name of that plant, the thing that they make of those bags that they store coffee. Very famous in Colombia. Let me look….
(Uses search engine to find name)
M: Burlap, that used to hurt a lot when it hit your legs. YEAH, it was very painful. Burns and it gave you marks in the legs, because we had a school uniform, skirts, and they hit you in the legs.
S: Just one more question, was the person in the middle usually a girl or guy, or both?
M: Doesn’t matter boy or girl, it was a mix, a mixed game.“
The game seems like a very standard version of jump rope, similar to ‘Double-Dutch’ played in the United States. The use of Burlap was emphasized by ‘M’ because of how painful it had made the game, resulting in pain when the jumper lost, possibility attaching an extra ‘cost’ to losing the game. The moving the rope ‘extra fast’ combined with the pain generated by the sort of rope may have acted as a form of teasing among students.
The use of burlap is very common in Colombia, notably used on coffee bags (as the speaker noted), which is a hallmark of Colombian identity.