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Game of "Shtraela, Maela"
Electronic mail message from Elaine Helbling Hundley, Rochester,
My mother had a game that she played with the little ones in our
family. I taught it to my children and am now teaching it to grandchildren.
I'll spell it in English to sound as closely as possible.
"Shtraela, maela (say while making an X on the palm of the
child's hand)Doopa finga (while poking the palm with on finger)
Ehlabocha ( poking the palm with an elbow)
Nassy soffa (pulling at the nose )
Greevahla, greevahla (scratching on the palm)
Botchy geva ."(Said loudly while gently slapping the palm).
I'm assuming this was a German Russian play as I've never heard
of it anywhere else. Does anyone remember this in their family?
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