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Just swinging

There’s something strange and magical about a swing set. As a child, I always loved to swing. Nothing on the playground ever compared to the swings. Sometimes I would close my eyes and let the cool breeze be my friend, seemingly helping me rise off the ground. And when I opened my eyes, I would see that the swing had carried me far beyond the playground, far beyond the grove of trees along the edge of the field, but I was never afraid. It was the only thing that could truly make me forget life and simultaneously make me alive.

With time, though, I outgrew elementary school and moved on. By then swinging was a mere ghost of a memory and was almost forgotten. Almost. The summer before high school, I revisited my old playground. Like an abandoned house, it had all the nostalgic memories of a previous home, and yet, I was drawn to only the swings. If there’s something strange and magical about a swing set, it’s because it’s never empty for long. The air was still as I got on, the metal chains never made a sound. Slowly, as I swung, I remembered, no, embraced. I embraced the cool wind on my face, the thrill of being weightless, the knowledge of being too high for any trouble to reach. And I embraced what it was like to be a child again. Sometimes I can still see that teenage girl on the deserted playground. Just swinging.




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Dance.Out.Loud said...
Jan. 8, 2010 at 6:12 am:
Wow...
That's all I can say.
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 8, 2010 at 6:27 am :
Lol thanks :)
 
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nomonkehbusinesspleaze said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm:
this is pretty good.
 
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KatalinaCrush2010 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm:
my friend would love this, im going to send it to her
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 8, 2010 at 6:27 am :
I hope she will!
 
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strawberrylipgloss17 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:10 pm:
Nice topic. It's not everyday we read about swinging. 2 thumbs up!
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm :
thank you so much!
 
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eshenft37 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm:
i can't believe i found someone who actually likes swinging as much as i do! you just gotta <3 the feeling
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm :
Haha I definitely know the feeling.
 
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DizniFan4Lyfe said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm:
I love love love love love this. And i think it's best short and sweet. :)
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm :
lol glad you like it!
 
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EllenHu said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm:
Not too bad. I feel like it could be longer but overall good job.
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm :
i appreciate your advice
 
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flamesword117 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm:
Nice job, fluid writing style.
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm :
thanks! :)
 
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crazzzzieGurlie98 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm:
Dude I SO GET U!
I definitely understand this...FLYING feeling. Niceeeeeeeee
 
9CatsPerLife101 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm :
If only people could realize that swinging is like getting high...lol.
 
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cHoCoLaTeCrAvInGs said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm:
I think this is better than ok. I really like this!
 
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environmaniaBOY22 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm:
this is ok.
 
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FudgeMuffins95 said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm:
dude this is wicked good.
KEEP ON WRITING!
 
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