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Swings & Slides

Aiden saw the top picture of me on the slide and said, “That’s what your slide was like? You wouldn’t be able to go very fast on that. You would stick going down.”


I don’t know if he’s correct about the speed, but I do know that where we lived in Arizona I wouldn’t have been able to play on my metal swing set and slide from May to October because they would burn with heat. And if you swung to high a leg of the entire set came way up off the ground, causing the entire unstable contraption to tilt forward or backward.


To this day, though, these striped metal swing sets are what I picture whenever I conjure up the idea of a set. I don’t picture the new plastic and wood ones we have now.


I realize I write this that I’m saying “new,” but in reality these wood and plastic sets have been around for over 13 years and maybe much, much longer. I don’t know when it all changed. Last I knew all swing sets looked just like my childhood one. I grew up and swing sets exited my life until I had my first child. It was when he was a toddler that I discovered these modern, safe, static-hair-inducing play areas, and that they had completely replaced what I had always known to be a play set.



Background paper by Glitz Design * Orange papers by My Mind’s Eye for Blush * transparent clock by Heidi Swapp for Advantus * orange button by Jenni Bowlin * Digital Then and Now products by Ali Edwards for her Yesterday & Today class * Alpha Thickers by American Crafts.

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Taken on March 14, 2011