- G.K. Chesterton
In several different settings, teachers have told my children to sit "criss-cross applesauce". And they would show my kids how to sit with their legs crossed for whatever the activity was. I thought it was cute when I first heard it a couple years ago. After all, kids love rhyme (and so do I... all the time:-)
Then a few weeks ago, I was one of the leaders in our church's Vacation Bible School. We were re-enacting Bethlehem the week Christ was born. The inside of the church was set up to look like an ancient Biblical village complete with characters in costume. After walking by a "beggar", I asked the children what that man was doing. One of the kids said, "He was sitting criss cross applesauce". I acknowledged the answer and went on explaining why people in bible times begged and that it was a common sight.
That night my wife said, "Do you know why that little girl said "criss cross applesause"? I said, "Yeah, I'd thought about that. It was weird."
It had seemed to me that this little girl thought that was really what his sitting position was called. She wasn't a teacher saying a cutesy rhyme to a child. She stated it as a fact. It dawned on me then that this little girl (age 10) had probably heard that term so often, she really thought that's what you called it. I told my wife that.
My wife said, "Yes, but there's something else. What did we call it when we were kids?"
And then it dawned on me. We used to call it "Indian Style"
Perhaps the Politically Correct Police have changed our children's vocabulary.
So what about you?
What do you call that sitting position?
Is it wrong to use the phrase "indian style"?
Has "criss cross applesauce" really become the new name of that sitting position?
What do your children's teacher's call it?
Are there other names for that sitting position?
Tell me everything you know about this no matter how small. I'm intensely curious about it.