|The old swingset! Also our crazy|
lab mix Mickey and my sister.
|I snapped one last pic before |
we began taking it apart...
But as the kids grew, it eventually became mostly the domain of our cats, who would lounge under the shade of the wooden roof in the summer or perch on the top beams to view their kingdom. When my sister came to visit, her younger kids would enjoy playing on it, but for the most part, it went unused. And that made me sad, both for the time that had passed and the fact that it still had plenty of life left in it for other children.
My teenage boys weren't thrilled about having something so "babyish" in the yard, either...when the soccer teams come over for Pasta Night, they need room to scrimmage each other (we even built a soccer goal - see this post for how-to). And then we kept hearing about how the other kids had fire pits in their yards, for roasting marshmallows to make s'mores after dinner.
So it was time to say goodbye to the dependable old swingset. I offered it up on FreeCycle, and a family with young children responded to the post. They were delighted to have it, and I'm glad it's getting more use. But the empty spot in the yard still creates a corresponding little hole in my heart. Time continues to march on, however, and I'm looking forward to creating new memories with friends and family around a crackling fire on warm summer nights.
|The spot where the swingset used to reside...I miss it.|