Just swinging

September 12, 2009
By 9CatsPerLife101 PLATINUM, Fairfax, Virginia
9CatsPerLife101 PLATINUM, Fairfax, Virginia
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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.


The author's comments:
The author was inspired to write this piece when she realized that she was still very much a kid at heart.

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kellyisgr8 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 9:53 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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I think this is better than ok. I really like this!

kellyisgr8 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 9:50 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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this is ok.

kellyisgr8 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 9:47 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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dude this is wicked good.

KEEP ON WRITING!

kellyisgr8 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 9:39 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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This does bring back memories. Athough I can't say i was a 100% advocate of swinging, i can feel all the playground memories coming back to me.

kellyisgr8 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 9:30 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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5 stars. gr8 work.

kellyisgr8 said...
on Jan. 7 2010 at 9:27 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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i feel like a little kid again...eating wonderbread :]

kellyisgr8 said...
on Dec. 30 2009 at 2:06 pm
kellyisgr8, Fairfax, Virginia
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This is amazing! This brings back memories of when I used to swing. I'll definitely go visit my neighborhood park and swing some.

on Sep. 26 2009 at 9:13 pm
9CatsPerLife101 PLATINUM, Fairfax, Virginia
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Thank you so much for reading my article!

Hopefully more to come!

Ankav SILVER said...
on Sep. 26 2009 at 8:48 pm
Ankav SILVER, Somers, Montana
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I loved that and completely understand. When I swing I like to close my eyes until I get to the top then open them so I can feel like I'm flying.




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