A Park is a Wonderful Place

A park is a wonderful place for a child and also a good place for moms to meet and visit while the kids play. When I was a child we would ride our bikes to one about half a mile away. I always loved the swings, because they could go higher than my swing set at home. The #5MFW word for Day 21 is:

This is my oldest granddaughter from a few years ago.

Years later when my husband and I only had our first two children we moved to a neighborhood in Plainfield, NJ. Our lot was bigger than some and had a large backyard. [bctt tweet=”There was not a park we could walk to so my husband built some playground equipment out back.” username=”GaylWright”]There were swings, a slide, a platform and later a seesaw.

The girls on the slide their dad made

Our girls, ages 3 and 5 loved it. They weren’t the only ones. Practically all the neighborhood kids came to play. I overheard one of them saying to another, “Let’s go to the playground!” It was like we had our very own park. 

The youngest of the two sitting on the platform that had a ladder on each end.
If you look closely on the left you can see one of the swings











Where I Am Now in My Quest for a Healthier Life

This is Day 21 of my 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle series. So far I’ve been able to write every day which I consider quite a feat. My exercise has dropped off a little this week and I don’t have any weight loss to report.[bctt tweet=” I might be a little discouraged about that, but I’m going to give myself plenty of grace. ” username=”GaylWright”]This week I spent time away from home. It’s always hard to keep up routines and eating habits when you’re not in your familiar place.

Next week is the last week of #write31days. My plan is to begin again a habit of making menus, and to get back on track with exercise. This may prove to be a little difficult as my husband and I are going out of town later in the week.[bctt tweet=” I make no promises except that I will try, but there is always grace.” username=”GaylWright”]

What about you? Do you have any memories of a park either when you were young or with kids? I’d love to hear. Please share in the comments if you like!

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14 thoughts on “A Park is a Wonderful Place

  1. We just visited a park earlier this week and I marveled at how quickly my boys made friends and got a game of tag going. I love that play is such a universal language for them.

    1. Yes, it’s wonderful how kids can make friends anywhere, anytime. I wish we grownups could be more like them at times. 🙂 Yes, play is a universal language!

      Blessings to you!

  2. When my children were young, one of my favorite things to do was to take them for walks to the park. Sounds like your children had their very own park to enjoy! What great memories you created for them.

    Michele (FMF Neighbor)

    1. I think almost all kids love parks. 🙂 Yes, mine did enjoy their backyard! It was a fun season of life, though every season is fun, too.

      Thanks for stopping by. Blessings to you!

  3. No park in my childhood…..I grew up on a farm and a tree with a swing tied with ropes was not outdoor play along with a bike. Much of the rest of the time “play” was really helping my mother with the many chores that are daily activities on a farm.

    1. Most of my play was in my backyard or riding my bike. There really was only one year that we went to the part often, and that’s when my parents joined the assoc. so we could swim in the pool. I did visit other parks now and then, though.

      A swing on a tree sounds fun! I can imagine all the chores needed on a farm. There’s a lot of work and kid have to help, too. I remember my mother saying they really enjoyed their little bit of play time when she was a child, because they lived on a farm and had lots of chores.

      Thanks for visiting, Pam! Good to have you here. Blessings!

  4. Gayl, I love the photos of your daughter’s playing in their home-made park. What an enterprising man you married! I spent most of my childhood in parks of various kinds. They were a great escape from life at home and a convenient place to meet up with friends. We had one close by and several within walking distance, each with their own unique character. There was a lot of freedom to spend time out of the house without our parents necessarily knowing our whereabouts. It’s very different these days, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts on parks. Relaxation is part of a healthy lifestyle, so you just might want to try those swings or slide again! Have a blessed weekend, dear friend. xo

    1. Joy, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! They did bring back memories of an earlier, simpler time. I know I can’t go back to exactly that, but I can go forward trying to live more simply with God’s help.

      How fun it must have been for you to have so many parks to choose from! Yes, when I think of my brother and I riding our bikes to the park or even me walking to school a mile away when I was only 7, I realize what different times we live in.

      You know, I do still enjoy swings. Haven’t tried the slide but who knows, maybe I will again sometime!

      Thank for visiting, Joy! I hope you are having a lovely Sunday and that your week will go well. Blessings to you! xo

  5. I remember the neighbors and my sister and I playing at the park when we were young. Such good memories!

    1. Sounds like you all had a lot of fun! I love thinking back on older times that bring such pleasant memories.

      Blessings to you, Tara! Have a great week! xo

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