swinging

There are several swing sets in our neighborhood, and many more we’ve all seen in yards across the city – but so often when you see them, they are lonely and still.

But in the yard behind ours, there is a swing set that belongs to two young sisters – and it is the busiest swing set in town.

It was in daily motion last summer –  snowsuited- and- mittened -up -action even all through the winter – and now once again, serious spring fun taking place.

I can tell the way these girls swing that this is a way for them to relax.  It’s purposeful – the arc of the swing high, their learned pumping skills strong.

And to watch them – to sense their purposeful energy – is to know the joyful release they are experiencing.

I think this is a reminder for all of us, as busy parents and adults, to find what it is for ourselves that relaxes us- that makes our spirits soar.

Perhaps it is to think back to the time when we were a child, and remember what it was that gave us that personal sense of freedom – and then seek our own “grown-up” version –  a version that satisfies and emboldens us by the very act of doing it.

“How do you like to go up in a swing,

Up in the air so blue?

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing

Ever a child can do!”  Robert Stevenson

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