Well I must say a huge "Thank you" to you all for your comments throughout this week following my post about THE FORM last weekend. I have felt thoroughly hugged and that was just what I needed! Not one of you knows me but you all picked me up and gave me a gentle shove in the right direction and for that I've been both warmed and humbled. It's not been an easy week but I'm standing up straight again and you'll be relieved to know that THE FORM was sent in yesterday!
I also have to thank Joanne of "Things (handmade) for the lovely corsage above, which she sent to me as a thank you for my commnet on her blog.
So having sent in THE FORM I was pleased to end the working week early and had today off (Flexi time is a boon!).
Not wanting to waste this treat I planned each hour with CHORES that needed doing until 3 when I allowed myself to play a little. I got out my newly thrifted Snakes and Ladders board to photograph and remembered some others picked up last year.
It was fascinating to look at them together.
I think this must be the oldest with its very scary looking snakes.
This one (by SPEARS games) has a real 50s look to it (if anyone knows better please let me know!) with very cutsie children.
This one reminds me very much of the one I played with as a child...
But this one intrigued me with its very clear messages of right and wrong. There are very positive images at the bottom of the ladder - see square 37 where the little boy is studying with the top of the ladder at square 86 showing him getting prizes from his teacher whereas the the snakes have, at their mouths, naughty children - a girl pulling the cat's tail who is seen crying at the bottom of the snake because the cat has run off, and the boy using his catapult at 74 slides down to 49 because he is in trouble for breaking a window. But the girl washing dishes at 13 climbs the ladder and gets a trip to the circus at 31 for her trouble.
At 45 the girl who can't do her sums slides down to 9 where she sits with a dunce's hat (not an expression you hear now)
Does anyone remember these from your childhood?
Looking forward to a more relaxing weekend.
Hope yours is good.