Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A Trip Down Memory Lane
ODB and then off to the Caboose Park to run off some of the girls' energy. Well, that, and I have so many wonderful childhood memories associated with the Caboose park. Sure, there are the bad ones--my first honey bee sting, the time my eyebrow was split open--but mostly, I remember fun and family and laughter. Loads of laughter.
This is NOT part of the Caboose Park. This part of the municipal playground is the Hand-in-Hand Playground.
We have a similar playground here in Willimasburg, but it's going to be torn down and replaced with "safer" playground equipment. Brien and I were reminscing about the fun, old, "unsafe" equipment from when we were kids: merry-go-rounds, tall tall tall metal slides, the twisty swings and more. Those things no longer exist. We're all so desperate to keep our children safe from ever injuring themselves that I can't help but think we may have removed much of the fun from childhood.
How many of you remember making yourselves utterly ill from going around the merry-go-round so many times? How many of you remember burning the phooey out of your legs and the backs of your thighs from the super hot metal slide, but didn't care because boy howdy could you go down lickety split fast? How about see-saws? Remember them? they're gone too. Sure, the plastic playground equipment is nice. It's safe. It's practical in that it doesn't rust or fall apart or cause splinters. But, I can't help but be sad they're taking our fun Kidsburg playground away because it's not as "safe" as the plastic-y stuff. :o( No, I don't want my girls to get splinters, but aren't they a normal part of childhood? I don't want them to get hurt, but scrapes, scratches, cuts and bruises are all part of living life. Ellie got a scrape the minute we got to the park by falling on the asphalt path up to the playground. She got a stinging bruise on her cheek when she fell against the side of the slide. Crap happens, it's part of being a kid.
1. This is from Friday last week:
This guy right here sits across I81 from the Tennessee Welcome center. :o) It's one of my most favorite landmarks.
2. The weather continues to be just loverly. Yes, it's rather breezy, but I love the temps in the low 70's. I've hung laundry out and enjoyed almost an hour long walk today. Life isn't too shabby.
3. Chatting with Dani for almost 2 hours!
4. Letting the buns out to run around outside. They may be bathroom-going machines, but they are sure cute.
5. The Eastern Bluebird that sat on my fence for at least five minutes while I was outside. Amazing.
6. The inch worm that sneaked its way inside on the hem of Ellie's dress that had been hanging on the clothesline. ;o)
7. The sounds of the little girls playing outside while I cooked in the kitchen. I love love love that we live in a neighborhood with kiddos Lil's age. Even better, they live across the fence!
8. The smells coming from my kitchen--red beans cooking on the stove. Yum!
9. The smell of line dried laundry. I could just bury my face in it!