The Backyard Swing Set
We’re on the hunt for a backyard swing set. You know, the cliche wooden one with swings, a slide and some other type of climbing component that lines the backyards of every neighborhood it seems. I’ve been scouring Craigslist, sales at local stores and even asked my neighbor with an older daughter if she’d want to sell us hers. Once we find one, I’ll know we’ll buy it so my boys can spend their after-school hours climbing, swinging, and taking fantasy adventures on their teeter-totter spaceship/school bus/train/horse.
Something that I keep thinking about though is whether we really NEED one. We’re not walking distance to the playground like we were at our old house, and the boys have lots of fun on our current old metal set left by the previous owners. I like knowing they are playing safely in the backyard where I can hear and see them while I make dinner or wash dishes.
The reason I’m second guessing though is because if you stand in our backyard and look to the left, you see this:
And if you look to the right, you see this:
See what I mean? If these were the good ol’ days, all three families would just share one swing set. The kids would run happily from yard to yard until their moms rang the dinner bell or until it got dark – whichever came first. Now, we’re all so siloed that within several hundred yards of each other, there will soon be three giant wooden structures and three families worth of kids playing by themselves. I’m wondering if I should skip the purchase and just make friends with the neighbors.
I’m reminded by a post written by blogger Jennifer Seiderer. She shares the same feelings I do about neighborhoods and kids playing together. In fact, she rounded up her boys and canvased the neighborhood inviting people over for a Playborhood party. I’m thinking the same thing might be in my future….you know, once the playscape is up.