Wednesday, August 30, 2006

slip sliding away

What is childhood without a swing?

It was 1988 and we had just moved back from a 2-year stent in Tampa, Florida, where we were in walking distance of the community playground. Now, back in the mountains, the closest playground was 15 miles away. So we decided to build our own.

We (the kids and I) scoured catalogs and magazines for the perfect picture to show to DAD - the carpenter. He went along with our plans and purchased the treated lumber for the project. His construction helper was 6-year-old Carrie (the one in the dress).


The grandparents lived next door (well, in the country that is not an exact definition - let's just say they lived down the nearest driveway) and Papaw had to come test the slide before letting the kids get on, (we had slickened it up
with wax paper).



Then everyone had to try it, grownups, kids, neighbors. There were swings, monkey bar, slide, balance beam. It was a very popular place.


Eventually the grandkids started to enjoy it, we even put up a baby Madison-sized swing.





This is the playset today, the wooden swings were replaced a few years back, but it is not used much anymore, the grandkids are all getting so big...

and now the slide is history, on the ground, destined for the dumpster...


Will the playset hang in there for until another generation? Will we be around to see it?

5 comments:

colleen said...

Hi Susan, Nice to meet you. This post really brought back memories of when my sons were little and their dad built them a playground station. We were living in Texas at then!

jellyhead said...

Susan, is that you on the slide with the blue top on?

Great, cute post!

susan said...

yes its me, many moons ago...

Motherkitty said...

We thought we were through with swing sets until we bought our neighbor's for the grandkids. Now we have one again in our back yard and people passing by on the street think little ones live in our house. We love it when the grandkids come to play because they enjoy it so much.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Our swing set has been long gone, but now the grandchildren are beginning to give us great grandchildren. Our second one is soon to be arriving.

It looks like the swing set may be returning to our yard once again, for the third time.