Earlier this month I announced the “My Favorite Memory” contest and asked you to send in your favorite childhood memories to be entered to win 1 of 10 copies of my new book Sweet September!
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting those entries. What a treat it has been to read your stories!
Swings are probably my favorite memory and I still love them as an adult.
When we were very young Dad built my brother and I a swing using a circular piece of board with a rope through the center of it. At first this hung from the bottom of a second story deck at the back of our house. That swing accompanied us when we moved to another city a few years later and was hung from the branches of the Weeping Willow in the front yard as there was no second floor or deck. That old swing saw many hours of play amongst us and other local kids that would join us at various times. This was also guaranteed to be a shady spot regardless of the time of day as the smaller branches of the tree nearly reached the ground on all sides. Eventually that swing disappeared but we, being resourceful and deciding that the tree just begged for a swing, created our own. We used a rope and board though this time it was merely a chunk of 2×4. The board could be slipped into loops we knotted along the rope in order to adjust the height and this also affected how the swing moved as well. As an alternative we could “sit” on a knot without the board and grasp the rope with our legs to swing. Perhaps I’ve always loved swings and still do because it gives the sensation of flying yet doesn’t elicit my usual fear of heights.
Contest ends August 31st. The winners will be announced September 5th!