Our wooden play set stands guard in our backyard of dead, dry grass as a beacon of hope for warmth and long days outside. We moved to our home a little over 2 years ago. One of the first, big, non-negotiable purchases we knew would be a play set with swings. It has been a staple in our outdoor play and many times during this mild Missouri winter, we have been outside playing on it.
Today was one of those days. A day “too cold” in Momma’s opinion, but just right for all three kids. I heard them through my cracked open kitchen window. They were laughing, shooting storm troopers together and of course there were the predictable set of tears and screaming. It was an accident. It is hard for our three year old to remember to watch for swinging feet and spinning tire swings. Especially after not being outside for a few weeks.
They all came in chilled to the bone, but gleeful. Time with each other on their play set was just what they needed in the great outdoors to run, scream and pretend. I asked more about what they pretended and they each went into different versions of a Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I am thankful they can be so happy together on a cloudy afternoon.
That play set was a solid investment. Their cackling laughter is worth every penny. I am so glad we didn’t wait. I know it would be have been a big mistake if we had delayed or never installed the play set. Glad as parents we just did what needed to be done.