Kristy shared this broom game with us that she played with her family while growing up in Chicago about 50 to 60 years ago…
One was sitting in a circle in the living room and passing a broom. As each person passed the broom around they were to repeat exactly…
‘If you can’t do this, you can’t do much.’
As you said it, you tapped the handle of the broom on the floor a few times. You could say it with any inflection, but the important thing was that you gave a little cough to clear your throat before you spoke. As you went around, and the guests became more baffled when they didn’t do it right the family would emphasize more and more until the new people caught on. Much fun, and though this seems like a rural game, we were Chicagoans, second generation English and Swedish…but working class, butchers and carpenters.”
Thanks for sharing Kristy!
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