Ghetto Games: Growing Up New York
How many of you remember “Hot Peas and Butter” “Come and get your supper”? Hot Peas and Butter is a game of chance, style, strategy, cunning, “punitively”, and logic. It is a game designed to separate the Alpha Personalities from the Beta Personalities. Take 10 kids, set them up in a game of Hot Peas and Butter and watch the cream rise to the top. Rules: With 10 boys and girls one must hide a belt wild the others hide there eyes. The one who hides the belt is called the witch and her job is to place it in a location unknown to the others. Once done she or he say the magic words: Hot Peas and Butter Come and Get Your Supper! Next each child has to try to find the belt. As the kids fan out to locate the belt the witch tells them they are hot if they are close to the belt and cold if they are off course. Once a kid is hot only the Alpha Personalities will rush over in hopes of finding the belt. The Beta Personalities will stay away from those who are hot as this game is extremely punitive. Once found, the belt holder is to whip those he can get close enough to until they are on the “base”. That is where the cunning part comes in. As a kid I used to play Hot Peas and Butter in Flushing Queens located in New York City. I played with Palucher Verges, Cheryl Simpkins, Jeff Bearden, Karen Bearden, Arleen Simpkins, Ralph Johnson, Jimmy Chow, Michael Adorno, Zinada Adorno, Roxanne Brown, Dawn Brisbane, Dawn Jordan, Ticia Jordan, Freda Snoddy, Mark Paden, Feddarico Delgado, Babotie Verges, Martin Verges, Teresa Verges, Russell Brooks, Mike Flowe and a host of others.
My style was to rush over to who was hot in hopes of finding the belt before the first hot player found it. Then, once I located it I would search and search as if I had not seen it. All the while the witch would be saying oh, you are so hot! You are burning, you are on fire. Then, when the other Alpha Players would rush over to me I would grab the belt and whip their asses all the way back to the base! It was blast! The Beta Folks would be so out done that they would run away from the base as the Alphas charged it. So that left them open to an ass whipping as they tried to make their way to the base once their panic had subsided. So for maximum whipping power first I would go after the Alphas, then the Betas. It was delicious!
Now Jeff Bearden had a different style. He would locate the belt and chase the girls down. Spanking them with the belt all the way back to the base? My brother Mike would find the belt and only go after me. Jimmy Chow had mercy. If he found he belt he would just jog along side folks back to the base as he did not want to hit anyone. So, “to each his own”… But it is clear to see that Hot Peas and Butter was an NYC Ghetto Game Classic. Did you ever play it?
This Game Is Played In NYC.