Grandchildren and swings

What is it about swings that attract us? Is it the soothing gliding back and forth? Is it trying to see how high we can go? I don’t know, but this love affair has been going on for generations.

When I was a child, I sat on a glider on my grandparents’ front screened-in porch for hours swinging back and forth. If I was asked to hull strawberries, shell peas, or shuck corn, the glider was where I sat.

When my granddaughter was a baby, we had two swings – one in the front yard and one in the back. She’d swing as long as we’d push, and with two swings we could always find a shady spot.

Now she and her little brother swing on a play set my husband built them in their back yard or they swing on two disc swings attached to their favorite tree in the front yard.

This week, because they were outside playing and being so good while we gardened, we made them a tire swing in the back part of the yard.

Here in New England most of us have roof snow rakes which have a very, very long handle. So, with this handle, my daughter got a rope over a high branch. Then we rescued a tire out of the barn. After my daughter did some fancy knot tying, they were swinging again in a new part of the yard.

After a long New England winter, it is great to be outside again. The adults are busy gardening, and the grandkids are busy using their creative genius to figure out new ways to  have fun outside.

Summer is a good thing! Enjoy yours – I’m off to sit with the grandkids on my new glider my husband bought me for Mother’s Day.

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6 Responses to Grandchildren and swings

  1. Susan Adcox says:

    Love the disk swings! Now if I only had a tree. . .


  2. Grandma Kc says:

    Very Jealous!!! I want a tire swing — but we have no good tree to hang it from so thanks for sharing yous. Love your new glider. What a great Mother’s Day gift. I have a birthday coming in June — I’m begging for a hammock.


  3. Debra Pugh says:

    ah i remember MY grandparents having the old fashioned glider as well …..


  4. Joyce says:

    I am reminded of the two-seat glider that my own grandmother had in her backyard. It was the welcoming place where we sat for many hours and solved the problems of the world!


  5. Connie says:

    Yup, my grandma had a glider and a tire swing; so much fun! I don’t have a tree for a swing or a glider. I would love to have both. Thanks for linking with me.


  6. Ah, I love swings and gliders and rockers. I keep scanning the trees in our yard, wondering which would be a good and sturdy option for a swing for my grandsons. Swings from a tree are so much more fun than the basic swingset (plus, I have no room for a swingset).


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