My kids were so excited about getting a swingset, and it was well-used. For many years it was a place to hang upside down, dig and hide, plan battles and rocket launches, and host tea parties and club meetings. It was transformed into pirate ships, buses, planes and palaces.
The swingset had been abandoned in favor of scooters, skateboards, water guns, basketball hoops, pogo sticks and trampolines. Just different and scarier ways of hurtling themselves through space.
So what would you do with a nice, new, level empty spot in the yard? Naturally, I’m eyeing it for a chicken coop and/or maybe some additional vegetable beds. I’m afraid my family has other ideas.