Sunset Beach, NC and Beyond: Did you SCRAMBLE as a child on Election Day??

Did you SCRAMBLE as a child on Election Day??

Did you SCRAMBLE as a child on election Day?

Random Thoughts on Election Day .... scrambling??

Happy election day everyone. What a strange day election day is. Sometime late this evening the major news networks will project the winner and about 1/2 of the country will be ecstatic and the other 1/2 will be disappointed. 

I (FRANK) will probably be snoozing in my recliner by the time the west coast polls close and a winner is projected.


Wouldn't it be nice to wake up tomorrow and have the candidate you voted for be the new President and fell like you are on the winning team. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up tomorrow and find that all those little signs that cover the landscape are gone. At least the phone will stop ringing off the hook (colloquialism) with political calls.


This was always a favorite time of year for me when I was a kid for 3 specific reasons. The first reason, Halloween. Candy, money, mischief, does it get any better. OK,  maybe Christmas, but where's the mischief.

The second reason, Election Day. No school, WOOHOO!


The third reason, scrambling.tossing coins on election day in Travis, Staten Island

What the heck is that you are probably asking yourself. It was a custom whereas on election day the adults on there way to vote at our little red brick school house would toss handfuls of coins, mostly pennies, to a large group of children gathered in the schoolyard. Let the scrambling begin. As I recollect this now, it somehow seems absurd to me. There were many skinned knees and elbows, but I never remember it getting too rough. I have no idea if this custom was unique to the very small town I grew up in or if it existed elsewhere also. I would love to hear from anyone that knows of this strange custom or anyone who can share some event or custom that may have been unique from their childhood.


Footnote: Staten Island PS 26 in TravisThe little red brick schoolhouse mentioned above is P.S.26 Staten Island, NY. My Dad went to this school, as did I and my four siblings. My older sister had the same first grade teacher as my dad, don't think that happens much today.

 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsKaren Baker • November 06 2012 08:28AM

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Hi Frank - I have never heard it described as scrambling, and it was not an election day thing.  But my dad used to throw a handful of change in the living room on Fridays - payday.  With 10 kids, it was pretty competitive.  But no bruises, Mom was standing right there.  My little sister loved the pennies, I would pass over the quarters to get the nickels - don't know why I liked them.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 6 years ago

Good day to you yes it is election day and We have  voted showed up around 815 am and cast the vote for freedom. Have a blessed day

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) over 6 years ago

Virginia ~> Can you imagine how much money you would have if you saved it every Friday??!!

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

Laura ~> You did your good deed for the day and for our country!!

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

And I remember the first time you ever voted and you were throwing the change and I was the one scrambling. 

YOU THREW SILVER!!!  Scramble supreme.  We would pitch pennies and keep the change in a sock.  Was this when we had the flour in socks?

Posted by Leslie Baker Bennett over 6 years ago

Leslie ~> It's funny that you remember this and commented!! Of course I threw silver!!

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

I went to PS 26 in the small town of Travis and yes did experience the yearly tradition of bringing one of my dad's sock to the playground, wait for the Voters to leave the school and they would throw change (mostly pennies). The kids would "scramble" to get the money in hopes not to be trampled or stepped on. It was also called "sock day". Great memory but I don't think this happens anymore. Those were the days!!!!!! Kids having fun outside with other kids.

Posted by Annette DeMatteis Frost over 1 year ago

Annette,

Frank wonders if you have a brother.  He recalls your maiden name.  It's amazing after writing this blog over 5 years ago to receive a comment from someone who lived in Travis and experienced "Scramble"!

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 1 year ago

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