On the playground

September 10, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

There are four playgrounds within walking distance of our house and each one is very different from the other. One has shiny new equipment and scary big-kid slides, one has a wooden ramp and bridge but is the most crowded, one is very shady but only has one baby swing. BenandLiamAnd then there’s the one across Georgia Avenue, the derelict one with the peeling paint and graffiti. Grass grows chest-high in patches in the mulch (well, chest-high for Liam), and we seldom ever see anyone playing there. It’s not in a bad part of town or anything…it’s just a bit, um, neglected. I probably would never take him there, except that he absolutely loves it. While I have to walk with him or boost him up to the slides in the other parks, at the ghetto park Liam can climb the stairs all by himself, get on hands and knees, and slide down on his tummy. He must have done that 20 times yesterday, each time exclaiming, “I did it!” and grinning from ear to ear. So what if the floor is a bit rusty? The swings are actually quite nice – no squeaking and the perfect height. There’s two little “neighs” that he can ride, another of his favorite playground activities.

Today we had a play date with my friend Stacy and her two boys. Her oldest (pictured here with Liam) is just a few months older than Liam. Needless to say I didn’t take them to the ghetto park. I like to show off the shiny new park to my friends. They had a great time playing together, or rather, playing next to each other or at opposite ends of the playground while ignoring each other. Still, for a couple of toddlers they seemed to get on well. They have matching temperaments, much like Liam and Cameron had. So yay for new friends!

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  1. Yes, yay for new friends! 🙂 We had a great time, and we loved the park (though we aren’t park snobs, and probably would’ve enjoyed even the “ghetto” one!). Thanks again for having us over!


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