“Red Light / Green Light” was the version of the game that we used to play as kids. It’s “Statues” in other countries like Australia, Sweden, and Finland. In England it’s known as “Grandmother’s Footsteps”. Most countries count to three and throw in a word to make everyone freeze. In the Netherlands it’s “één, twee, drie, piano” (one, two, three, piano), in Mexico “1, 2, 3, calabaza” (one, two, three, pumpkin), in France “1, 2, 3, soleil” (one, two, three, sun), in Spain “1, 2, 3, escondite inglés” (one, two, three, English hideaway), and in Portugal “Um, dois, três, macaquinho do chinês” (one, two, three, Chinese little monkey). The Greeks count three “immobile little soldiers”, in Italy they count three stars. Here in Israel it’s “1, 2, 3, herring” (or “salty fish”).
Whatever you call it, all the versions of the game involve some sort of running forward as fast as you can and then freezing in place on cue, holding perfectly still untill released according to the rules of the version you’re playing. And then again. And again.
That was my day today.
‘Twas a day of rushing around and waiting a lot. Picking up and installing new software on the computer, as well as having the lab make some changes, which took an amazingly long time. Waiting in line forever to get a modem so that I don’t have to rely solely on wifi, after hurrying to get to the place on time. Efficiently shopping and then standing in the slowest ever checkout line at the supermarket.
I knitted as much as I could. That’s definitely what saved my sanity. What’s left of it.
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