I wouldn't necessarily call this my very first peer group, but this is one that I can remember vividly. The playground at my elementary school was divided; kindergarten through third grade had one, and fourth through sixth had their own. When I was in the fourth grade, there was a kickball field on our side of the playground. However, all of the older boys played on it. I had a group of ten or so friends that were all girls. We had been together since kindergarten. We had asked the boys many times if he could join them or at least alternate days to have the field. Of course we couldn't come up with a compromise, so the group of girls and I made up our own field. We used sweatshirts and books as bases and we provided our own ball.
For the remaining time in elementary school, we used that field everyday of the school year. I remember towards the end of sixth grade, we challenged the boys to a tournament. By that time, we had practiced everyday and we were ready to face them. It seemed like a big even because all of the sixth grade... [continues]
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