Do you remember a game called Squares from your childhood? It involved racing around in big concrete squares (Like, the squares on a sidewalk) and never stepping on a crack.Â Usually we played Squares in front of the library, or in the schoolyard.Â The object was just to keep moving–racing around– and stay in the game.Â The only thing you couldn’t do was to step in someone else’s square.Â You couldn’t place a foot in a square already occupied by a foot.Â If you did, you were out. And if ever you ended up with your legs in two diagonally placed squares, with an empty square behind you, someone else could Knock you.Â In Baltimore this meant that, very literally, they could place a leg through your legs, and ram your body with their body. If you fell over when they did this, you were out. If you managed to resist them, *they* were out. If you scraped your knee and cried about it, you were a candyass, and you might have to each lunch alone tomorrow.
Of course, not everyone played squares. Some people played, “make up really offensive cheers using as many cusswords as possible” and some people played, “cut class” and some people played “war” and some people played “ask your teacher if you can sit in the classroom at recess and help her grade papers.”