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This is my offering for Sunday Scribblings, where the writing prompt today is "revolution".

The rusty old merry-go-round isn't there anymore, nor is the school where I spent my elementary years.  They've long since been replaced by more modern facilities, but in my mind's eye I can still see the playground when I drive down that familiar street.

Many the lunch hour, recess, and warm summer afternoon we spent spinning round on that big metal disk... sitting, standing, and sometimes lying flat on our backs watching clouds sailing by, imagining we were travelling the world on some great adventure.

Life was simple then, and so were our playgrounds - no fancy equipment or brightly colored paint... just a tall set of swings, a row of monkey bars to hang from, a couple long wooden teeter-totters that could support two or three on each end, a long polished slide that grew hot in the sun, and an old merry-go-round like the one pictured above, that creaked and groaned as it turned.  Sometimes, dizzy with rapid revolution, we feared it might break loose and send us all flying free!

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18 comments:

  1. I love this. Reminds me of the playgrounds from my childhood. I remember the slide more than anything. It was so tall, it was almost scary. But I would manage to climb up the steps, so slow, and trying not to look down. It wasnt a straight slide, ya know what I mean? It had two humps in it that made it even more fun.... that slide.....funny. after I grew up, that slide wasn't as big as it was when I was a tiny tot......

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    1. Our schoolyard slide was exactly like that Robin, and it appeared to shrink with the passing years too! :-) What I remember most about it was the highly polished surface, which heated up to blistering temperatures in the summer sun, a painful experience for anyone not wise enough to test it with a hand first!

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  2. Great memories! I loved the see-saw, except when my cousin Tony would jump off and send me thumping - he thought it was so funny, I didn't! I also remember going way too high on a swing and flying off....I woke up with my worried older sister hovering over me! "Don't tell mom!"

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    1. I remember those crashing bumps to the ground too, Joanne not fun at all! I had to smile at the "Don't tell mom" line. How often those words were uttered in our childhood years! :-)

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  3. Wow, great take on the prompt. I had the same experience as Joanne on a see-saw, flew off once and landed in the sandbox :D I also remember climbing up the slide backwards :) But the merry-go-round was my favorite thing. There was a carousel at a larger park nearby and I had a favorite wooden horse which was the only one I would ride. Great memories.

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    1. That was indeed a flying landing, Varsha! :-) I remember climbing the slide backwards too, going down backward took great daring and usually resulted in landing at the bottom head first! Merry go rounds were indeed great fun, and I too loved the carousel which came to town with the county fair each year! I think children enjoyed life more then than they do now with all the high-dollar forms of entertainment.

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  4. Yes it's not how shiny and new a playground is..it's what happens there..how much fun..the friends..stepping out in the world...little by little..the creak is so evocative..did you get rust on your fingers from the swings..that was a good days playing! Jae

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    1. Exactly Jae Rose, we could have cared less about color or condition, it was all about the fun we could have there! Even walking one foot in front of the other across the heavy chain fencing of the playground held for us all the excitement of a highwire act! :-) Now that you mention it, I do indeed remember the feel and smell of rust on the fingers from the swing chains, and of always trying to swing high enough to go over the top, though no one I know ever did!

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  5. I remember this well. To those old steel things we needed only to add imagination. They became "flying saucers", or whatever we agreed upon. Usually is was decided by the previous night's TV show: Lost in Space, Batman, or perhaps Mod Squad.
    Great stuff. In this high tech. age, kids don't have the simple pleasure of one's own imagination. I am thankful it is something I had...and have.

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    1. Exactly Annie! There were our flying saucers, our sailing ships, and sometimes desert islands where we would spend hours with our dolls and friends! Imagination isn't encouraged anymore, and much has been lost in the way of creative thinking because of that. Today's children often struggle with entertaining themselves without the benefit of electronics and such.

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  6. Nowadays children are not aware of danger anymore all the equipment is so sanitized that no life lessons can be learned. The high slide, the self propelled carousel, even the "witches hat" which teetered as it revolved. You can't stand on a swing anymore, where's the fun in that? As Ann above says, imagination is stifled, how sad. Great post!

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    1. That is so true Old Egg, we played roughly on this equipment and ended with bruised elbows,banged knees and the ocassional bump on the head... and we rode our bicycles without knee-pads or helmets... and we lived to tell the tales of our adventures... and learned to be a bit more careful along the way! It is sad that we let kids toys and entertainment today do all the thinking for them, nothing left to create, imagine or pretend. Our world is less for this, I agree.

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  7. I have no such memories of childhood... but I did accompany my children to such entertainment... and in those days, one could still stand on swings... I wonder how they've prevented that now.

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    1. Standing on swings is now prevented on many playgrounds by the regulations Shimon, due to the possibility of injury and potential lawsuit (more worry about the latter than the former I'm sorry to say). In the "old days" bumps and bruises, and even the occassional broken bone were considered part of childhood, now they are cause for parents to take extreme measures. This follows with your theme of us over-protecting our children from the realities of life.

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  8. I remember those merry-go-rounds, and all the other playground equipment that is now considered to dangerous or old-fashioned for kids. You had to be imaginative back in the day, and you had to learn to watch out for your own safety. Usually there was concrete or dirt packed hard as rock under all this equipment, and little real sympathy from teachers and parents if you got hurt. They'd check for broken bones, slap a band-aid on you, and you were good as new!

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    1. Exactly Ann, and we all lived to tell the tale! I think we grew up to be a bit more stable and independent because of it, today's kids often act entitled, as the the world owes them everything, including protection from all that is not wonderful. Reality check badly needed!

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  9. Yeah, Josie, I remember those. Watched my daughter fly off one when a dad spun it too fast! I love the dizzy feeling when you climb down... sort of an adrenaline rush, huh? Well done, my dear. Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/09/11/comes-the-revolution-for-riley/

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    1. Yikes! I've seen that happen too, when big kids played too rough or little ones weren't hanging on tight. I remember that dizzy, wobbly feeling too, back then it was great fun!

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