Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Swing Sets and Forgotten Joys

I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of swinging. Yes, as in swing sets! It was one of my favorite pastimes as a child, as a teenager and even as an adult. There's something so freeing about being exposed to the elements and flying through the air. It's like flashing forward and then being sucked back through time. It's physical; it's emotional - it's wonderful!

When I was working as a special education assistant to a little boy with autism, swinging was his ultimate reward at school. He seemed to understand the great power of feeling like a bird. His mood would plummet as the day wore on, but the second that he sat on that swing his paradigm shifted. All was well and right in his world. 

For whatever reason, I've been craving this old joy lately. I live right up the street from a terrific park, but never think to treat myself to a swing session. Perhaps I will this weekend :)


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