July 12, 2004
My patients intrigue me. Jan, for instance, told me that when she and her sister, Ann, were five and six, respectively, they would play a special ball game called "Ding Dong". The girls faced each other with their legs apart and their opposing feet touching, forming an "arena" between their legs. They took turns rolling a pink rubber ball in the arena, aiming for each other's crotch. Whenever one of them was hit in what they called their "little switch", she would yell out, "Ding!" her sister would yell out, "Dong!" and then they would yell, in unison, "Ding Dong!"