"Little Sally Saucer, sitting in the water, rise up Sally and wipe away your tears, turn to the east side, turn to the west side, turn to the very one that you love best," recites Teresa Boland of St. John's as she recalls a popular children's game from her youth.
This is just one of the games Teresa Boland (pictured left and above) of St. John’s remembers. Born in 1947, she lived on Prince Street until moving to Southside Road when she was about five years old. Teresa has fond memories of playing in her neighbourhood, including stilt races.
While most kids had proper winter slides, in the summer they might fashion one out of leftover cardboard or canvas for sliding down the grassy hills. Teresa also has memories of playing on the railroad track and going swimming in natural waterways behind her home on Southside Road, as well as playing with paper dolls on winter days.
“Cutouts were paper dolls. The doll used to be made of cardboard. There were different kinds of dolls and you’d dress them up,” Teresa explains. “We used to have catalogues, Eaton’s and Sears, and we used to cut out the beds and then that would be the dolls’ furniture.” Like boys with their sports cards, the girls would trade their dolls with friends.
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