The writing bug has caught me and I feel like writing about something or anything, but I don’t have much time right now. Biology is the subject of the month, and it has been most difficult. Please pray for me this Monday! I am taking the exam that morning.
Before I put the computer away for the night, however, I feel like sharing a few brief park memories to commemorate the lovely Oklahoma weather I’ve enjoyed so much lately. Here goes!
1. I remember Mom swinging me at our park when I was small. I didn’t know how to swing myself. A big boy came up, and mom suggested in front of him that I ask him to teach me. I was too shy and embarrassed and kept quiet.
2. We had a tall metal slide at our park way out by itself quite a distance from the new equipment. It was the old kind that isn’t made any more. I don’t think it met current safety regulations. It was an adventure! We would race each other to the slide, climb the tall ladder to the top, and slide down to the bottom before racing around again to do it all over again. We had lots of fun doing this, but we had to be careful in the summer. The metal burned at the bottom of the slide!
3. There was a fun park that was further away from the house, so Mom drove us there. We called it the “rope park” because it used red rope everywhere on the park equipment. The main feature was a gigantic thing made from the red rope that towered above the sand. I think it was in a dome shape, and we could climb all through it and on top of it. It was a big deal to jump off it, and I thought I was tough because I could jump from a higher place than my big sister. Well, that was fine until two older boys came and jumped from the very top! Not to be outdone, I thought about it and almost jumped several times before I took the leap. It was scary and exciting! I did it again and again until it was no big deal.
4. I was scared silly about poison ivy as a child. I’ve never had it, but that only made it worse. My aunt is terribly allergic to it, and I remember horror stories about when she had it. I was told that once you caught poison ivy, it would be even easier to get it from then on. My grandma had poison ivy in the woods by her house, and we were warned about getting too close. This made me imagine that the plant could almost jump at you and catch you unawares. I had a list of all the places I suspected poison ivy, and I ranked each place by how easy it would be to catch it there. I knew the plant had three leaves, but I was too scared to even say the words poison ivy or ask what it looked like for sure. There was a teeny tiny place under a bush at the park that made the list. It was in my top five, but to this day I don’t know if it was really the dreaded plant or not. I have tons of poison ivy stories, but these may need to wait for another time.
5. There is one funny story about the red rope park that I could tell. It is one of my favorite park stories, but again, this one is too long and must wait to be told. Let’s just say it involves my love of storytelling and the time I duped my sister into believing we had inherited the best tree house on the planet. More on this later…
6. Another rope park memory includes the time I was playing tag. I was about to be caught as I ran along the top of the playground equipment. Reaching a dead end, I jumped, grabbing more of that bright red rope, and slid to the ground in desperation. I am not sure I had ever had a blister before that day, but my hands were covered with them soon enough. I ran to mom with uncontrollable tears. It hurt worse than anything, and nothing made it better. There was no more fun for me that day!
7. Then again, there are all the times I have sat leisurely on a swing talking to my friends or family and just had a good time. Hot, windy, or cold, I’ve probably spent a day (or at least a few minutes) like that at the park.
That is all for now! Many more park stories come to mind, so I may do this again. I need to get plenty of rest tonight. Tomorrow is a big study day!
~written late Thursday night~
~published in the first hour of Friday~
~published in the first hour of Friday~