I remember playing on the swing set in my uncle's yard with my two sisters. Because I was the youngest, I had to use the swing with "safety" seat so I wouldn't fall out. This seat was wooden with a sliding bar that often stuck when you were trying to get in or out of it.
As some children do, my sisters liked to swing as high as they could, and then jump off into the air. Such thrill seekers they were! I wanted to be one, too.
The girls jumped off their swings many times, and as they did, two of the metal poles of the swing set would come out of the ground. Each time I saw this, I would worry that we were going to tip over. My sisters reassured me that EVERY swing set did this... I was such a baby.
Then my sisters took one final swing and one final leap. Of course, the swing set tipped over with me still sitting in my safety seat. I'm sure they were thankful they weren't the ones imprisoned on the ground with an overturned swing set collapsed around them. They were concerned I wasn't hurt....Read More