The Traveling Swing Play Set

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In 1998, the eldest daughter purchased and had this swing play set erected in her backyard.  I said, “Oh, this is great for the grands.  Little did I know how much happiness and joy this swing play set would open my life up to.

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The Traveling Swing Set

Location #1

During the summer months, the swing play set area was where I spent quality one-on-one time with my grandchildren.

Their play set activities quickly expanded beyond swinging, climbing, and sliding.

And the creative, spontaneous and impromptu activities took over.  I began to wonder whether, “Did my children lack imagination as kids?  Or, are these grandkids little creative geniuses?”

The two partially closed-off areas of the play set was their stage; and, they gifted me with self-directed, memorable, and creative performances in many:

  • Talent Shows
  • Dance Contests
  • Musicals
  • Plays

Eventually, the older two grandchildren lost interest.  And the swing play set stayed childless in the eldest daughter’s backyard for several years.

Location #2

The eldest daughter decided to gift the swing play set to her sister; and, it moved to a new backyard.

Happy summer days again, sitting in youngest daughter’s backyard sharing new swing play set experiences with my youngest grandson, CJ.  This neighborhood was more child friendly and the swing play set was a magnet to attract other boys in CJs age range.

They competed; and, I acted as the judge to select the:

  • Highest Swinger
  • Strongest Monkey Bar Hanger
  • Best Backward Slider

Now, a 14-year-old, CJ backyard activities revolve around soccer and basketball.  So, several weeks ago, youngest daughter gifted the swing play set to her brother.

Location #3

The play set is now in the backyard of the home we own in Wisconsin.  After we retired and relocated to Florida, our son moved into the house with his five-year-old daughter.

Though, I will not spend the same amount of time with Cupcake, as she explores and discovers different swing play set activities; I will patiently wait until next summer to have this special experience with her.

Why the Traveling Swing Play Set Is Important

This swing set has been a part of my life for more than sixteen years; and, I am happy that it now sits in the backyard of our Wisconsin home for our youngest granddaughter.

Ultimately, Cupcake will outgrow the swing play set,  When this happens, I hope it moves to a new place, that will bring happiness and joy to other children and their families

I am grateful to my four grandchildren for my past, present and future memories of spending time with them on The Traveling Swing Play Set.

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Lady C, 22-Years-Old

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King George, 18-years-old

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CJ, 14-years-old

 

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Cupcake, 5-yard-old

 

11 thoughts on “The Traveling Swing Play Set

  1. dear Yvonne, I love this post! how nice that the swing set has travelled so well, and that you have been able to enjoy it with all four of your darling grandchildren. thanks for sharing the photos, especially the ones of the children! much love, Karen

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  2. Love this story! And the photos of your grands. I’m drawn to stories of an object’s traveling through a family and creating different responses, always new. You’ve written a lovely connection story for your family.

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    • Thank you. Passing this swing down through the cousins was not planned, it just happened. But, the underlying message for me was that my three late middle-age children have maintained a close relationship, which is reflected in this re-gifting rather than re-selling.

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  3. You have a way of writing about the simple things and making them unique, because they truly are. Now I’m trying to recall what has been passed from generation to generation in my family. Apart from values and beliefs…these I remember easily. thanks Yvonne for sharing

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