I mentioned this earlier this week. Jaimie and my morning walks often take us past the elementary school. There is a section out front that was paved with a fence around it as an outdoor playing area. It looked awesome. I wish I was a kid again.
There was a big tree trunk in the middle where you could climb over and in for play. There was a big selection of tricycles at the ready. Not the cheap tricycles that you might pick up for home use. These were really sturdy looking vehicles with all kinds of bright colours. There were also a couple of playhouses and more.
I finish with “and more” because I can’t remember what else was there. There was indeed much more but all of this is gone now in preparedness for next week or the week after that. It’s just asphalt. The most exciting thing happening soon might be skinned knees.
Of course, it’s an effort to make back to the school building safe.
It’s an interesting comparison to the town park facilities. Until recently, they had a temporary fence surrounding them shutting kids away from them. In the summer heat, that fence was around the splash pad as well. Now, the fences have been taken down and kids are running, climbing, and splashing. The mandatory signage has gone up to warn the kids and parents of the dangers – who reads signs these days?
For a back to school Sunday morning, your thoughts…
- what does the traditional play area look like at your school?
- what about parks in the community? Are they open?
- did any public swimming pools ever open in your community? (We no longer have one; it was sold to build a new secondary school)
- do you remember riding a tricycle as a child? Mine was red and white and had a horn…
- do children suffer in their personal growth without sufficient play? Will they find other things to play with?
- when schools open and stay open, how long will it be before traditional play areas and equipment will be restored?
As on any Sunday, I’d love to read your thoughts.
Please share them in the comments below.
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