The End of an Era

Grandma Kc wrote this on December 2nd, 2014 27 Replies

I miss the swing set.

One of the grandmas commented that they liked the picture of Amara in her green pants on the swings and it really got me to thinking about how much I miss the swings. June 11, 2014 ended an era. It was the day that Amara’s swing set came down.

Grampy and I made the decision to have Amara’s old swing set hauled away. Jenna had seen a sign on a truck to have metal junk removed “for free”. I love free! I called the man and he came out that same day. He brought tools but I’m not sure he ever used them; the metal was very fatigued. It was kind of sad to see it go and the cats were very confused by the whole idea. So was the little bird that always used to sit on the crossbars. I still can’t get used to how different it looks.

This was Amara’s second swing set. There had been one in the backyard when we first moved into this house. Amara was only 5 months old then but the people moving out asked if we wanted them to leave it. Amara on Grandma Kc's lap swinging October 8, 2004I remember sitting with her in my lap and swinging. She loved it then and she loved it even more when she grew old enough to swing herself and to slide down the slide. When she was three years old we replaced the original swing set.

We have so many memories on both swing sets that I created a Photoshop series for them called Memories on a Swing. But after seven years the second swing set had seen better days, too. The little trapeze had rusted so badly that it broke off. The kids weren’t allowed on the slide anymore as it was almost cracked in half. I lived in fear every time Grampy would see how high he could swing Amara. The chains were getting very rusted. I worried about the neighbor girls, too. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.

Swing set collage

I still haven’t gotten used to how big the backyard looks now without it. For a while, we considered and discussed replacing the swing set but to get a good one that would be big enough for Amara and her older friends would be expensive. I didn’t really see it getting a lot of use and so the decision was made just to have the old one taken away.

I miss the swing set.

27 thoughts on “The End of an Era

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Whenever we couldn’t think of something to do I would ask her if she wanted to go out and swing — it was our go to activity and I do miss it. We would sing, talk, play games and just be silly. I miss it!

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  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    I can certainly understand why. We still have the swing set and tree fort that Grandpa made the grands, but they stand there like ghosts of play days past. I think it is sadder to just look at them not getting any use than just moving on to the next era and the fun it will hold for you. I love that you found someone to take it down and away for free. Good deal all around.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Hauling away trash – especially scrap metal – is a big thing around here. We have very regulated trash pickup and twice a year you can dispose of 2 big items if you call in advance. And you can’t just take things to the dump — there is a $45 fee to dump there! But people go around going through the trash and taking things like scrap metal and newspaper that they can get money for! His truck was PACKED with stuff — I should have gotten a picture!

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  2. Sarah

    I can relate with you about the swing set. We just got rid of Lola’s rocking chair in her room. Too bad we can’t stop them from growing.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I bet you walk into her room looking to where that chair was and missing it. If you figure out how to even slow their growing down let me know!

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  3. Joyce

    You’ll always have your memories – and your photos! You’ve enjoyed every single stage of Amara’s life and there’s still lots and lots and lots more to come! Your wide open backyard is such a nice thing to have – especially in a climate like yours!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad that life has turned out the way it has and that I’ve gotten to experience all of this close up! And while holding a camera! So glad we don’t have to pay to get them developed and printed anymore!

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  4. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Aww… This saddens me a bit. We don’t really think about how such things mark the days and years until they’re gone. Thankfully you have the precious photos, and the precious moments that weren’t captured on camera, too.

    {{{{hugs}}}}

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It saddens me a little bit, too. I miss the days when she needed my lap to sit on while swinging. I miss a lot of the little girl memories but I am so glad we’ve been here for it all. It also just amazes me when I look at pictures of Jenna and Justin when Amara was little — talk about people having grown up! Pretty proud of all 3 of them. Hugs right back to you!

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  5. Stephanie Faris

    SO sweet. Those little things definitely serve as milestones and you realize you miss them when they’re gone. My stepdaughter is about to turn 15…so all of those childhood things are now a distant memory.

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  6. Rhonda

    They grow up so fast, you look back one day and all you have are the memories. Pull out these pictures, they will always be a reminder of those wonderful days.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Grampy and I both have our computers set up so that when our monitor goes to sleep it links to a slide show of photos from my computer since I’m the one that takes most of the pictures. Sometimes we walk in and can’t move the mouse to wake up the computer as we are to busy looking at old pictures of Amara and the cats!

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  7. Launna

    Awe Kc… I had a swing set when I was growing up… we had so much fun playing on it all spring, summer and fall… Such great memories… I miss the swings too. I think it is great that Amara had those with you 😉

    I took a quick break from studying and saw you posted, I adore all your cute stories 😉

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad that they agreed to leave that first swing set. I can’t begin to tell you all the different times we played on those swings! I have a video of her rolling her balloons down the slide! Glad I have all of these pictures to keep the memories fresh!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I highly recommend getting one and since you already have 2 grandchildren and who knows how many may come your way! It is so much fun and so relaxing.

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  8. imaddy

    We took ours down this pass summer. We get the most is 3 months of use because of the weather. I miss seeing it sometimes when I look out but I like the extra space.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We are lucky that we have such great weather but even the cold weather didn’t stop her! As long as it wasn’t raining she didn’t care how cold it was. I do miss just seeing it out there.

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  9. KImberly

    The swing set is still a favored spot. Even on the this very blustery, cold, damp December morning, when gingerbread houses were decorated and chickens were chased and fed and loved, the troops headed to the swings. It is so very sad to me how few schools allow swings. Maybe you could replace yours with a type of porch swing. A spot for you and Amara to sit, swing and sort through pre-teen, then teen angst.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your swing set is really nice and I love all your pictures of your grands playing on it.

      Oh, I do wish we had a porch! Most California homes only have a doorstep or I sure would have one. Maybe I could replace the swing with a hammock for me!!!

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