Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Theme Thursday: Swing

A simple little swing. A round board on a long thick rope dangles from the tree. A boy climbs aboard.

Daddy push me faster.

At its apex, he can almost touch the leaves and he is...swinging through trees on vines, he reaches for the next, racing monkeys to the watering hole. Trumpeting triumphantly at their approach, a family of elephants pauses in their march. Primal bellows echo from his chest as he clears the last tree, diving for the lake below.

Daddy do a blast off. 

Firm hand push him forward, extending to their zenith, before letting him go. Plunging backward, caught at the last minute by the swing he is...rocketing through the atmosphere on his way to discover new worlds. Stars wink as they flash by and he loops passed Saturn's rings. Chasing comets he woops with joy.

Daddy make me go higher.

Open air rushes passed and he is...an eagle, wings outstretched catching an updraft. Circling round and round, high above tall trees and snow covered mountains. Surveying the horizon, the world looks so small compared to the heights of his play ground.

Children look at the simple and see untapped potential and opportunity. Their eyes see beyond the veneer or dust and see what could be, not what is. A simple swing becomes the gateway to adventure. Simple people become their friends. Why can't life stay so simple?

Swing.

36 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

The great spiritual teachers of the world say that life can be that simple if we approach it that way. I keep working on it, I really do. Some days I can stay in that swing flow, others, not so well. Children and swings...such a great pairing. Fun and thoughtful as always. Thanks, for all you do:)

Liza said...

I ask myself that question all the time. Still have not been able to find an answer that pleases me. Another beautifully written post.

Leah said...

Oh, I wish it could be that way. I like what Ronda said too.

Mrsupole said...

Because sadly we have to grow up and learn to handle the realities of life. Oh to be young again and not know what the world holds. Just to have your world be what's around you. Your family, friends, and your little area that you come into contact with. I remember those days, and you tapped into how it feels so wonderful, as usual.

I like what Ronda said about life can be so simple. We need to focus on doing that as much as possible. KISE.

God bless.

Otin said...

I left a long comment and my pc went offline just as I was about to submit it so, I will gaive an abridged version! It is funny how something so simple can become such an important part of our lives! I like how you view things through a childs eyes!

Lorraine said...

WOW, I have to say, you're a natural, such a gifted writer...I've enjoyed every word.

Rob said...

Child like faith is hard to hold on to. It's possible but hard.

High Desert Diva said...

First line of the last paragraph...so very true.

A.Decker said...

I like how you hardly mention the physical reality and the bulk of the piece is off in the kid's wild, unfettered imagination.
But hey, Brian, didn't you do the same thing right here? When you peered into that editing box on the new post page, you didn't just see a blank screen at all, did you? Heh!Heh!

Great swing!

Poetikat said...

I LOVED THIS!!!
It took me back to my own "Daddy" (he of the infamous golf incident) doing his version of the "Blast Off". Higher and higher and higher until he would slip out from beneath and let go. Wheeee!!! (I was no doubt in one of those swings with the clanky metal bars to hold you in and the triple chains securing the cloth diaper-like seat.

Great fun! Great post!

Kat

The Silver Fox said...

You captured such moments of imagination well. Whenever a child shows creativity like this, it should be encouraged. And they usually gravitate toward it without help from the adults, of course... or even in spite of the adults. "Take the toy out of the box!Take the toy out of the box! I want to play... with the box!"

mouse (aka kimy) said...

beautifully done.

keep on swinging!!

Tom said...

i often wonder that too...so many tasks and obligations, we forget what it's like just to live simply and day to day.

willow said...

That was beautiful, Brian. There's just something about swinging that makes us want to go higher and higher.

Eric Bryant said...

My wife is reading a book called "Intuitive Eating". The premise is that if we ate more like we did as children (eating when hungry and stopping when full) we would be healthier. We have much to learn from our little ones!

Wings said...

Wish I had the answer for you, Brian.

Great post!

Brian Miller said...

@wings - maybe we don't need an answer, just to embrace it?

@eric - thanks for stopping by! interesting thought there. will have to check out the book...our headlong rush into grown up food, causing us to lose our childhood...

@willow - too true...makes me want to go swing!

@tom - such wisdom!

@mouse - ty...and always!

@silver fox -we solved that one...for christmas we got them a big cardboard house (kinda like a box) that they still color on today.

@poetikat - ty...its fun to remember those moments!

Brian Miller said...

@A.decker - too true, much like your post from yesterday...

@hdh - if only we could capture that...if we bottled it we would make millions

@rob - yes it is, at times. having kids helps to remember.

@lorraine - ty. dropped by your place last night...what amazing pics!

@otin - i feel like i missed out...your words are very true in the abridged though....great post today. your from last week still rocks me!

@mrsu - i wonder if we can recapture that...

@leah - i as well...when we see it in our kids eyes, i think it makes us yearn for it more. maybe they can teach us to rekindle it.

@liza - i hear a U@ song in the back ground...as long as we don't give up searching...

@ronda - great thoughts..it can be so slippery in our grasp. more so the harder we try to hold onto it...

Amy said...

Thanks for taking us along for this ride. I loved going into the jungle and outer space with you.

jake (to the) holla said...

my grandma used to push me on the swing.... i got her to re-live the good 'ol pastime last week, but i'm pretty sure i broke her hip on the back-swing

tony said...

As We Get Older The Swings of Childhood Grow Smaller but the Memory of them Grows Bigger!

nanny said...

Amen,,,so very well writen.

nanny said...

written

The Clever Pup said...

You are a great writer Brian. Something good's going to come of this - I feel it.

When I think of wooden swings, I think of TEETH.

Kate Hanley said...

Lovely. I really enjoyed the writing, you captured that feeling of swinging so well. It was my favorite thing to do as a child and well, as an adult also.

Dakota Bear said...

Swinging higher and faster is what I always liked to do. I especially liked standing up of the swing going as high as I could make it go and jump off. Looking back that was crazy, but at the time it was a lot of fun.

Daniel said...

Our imagination is stolen from us so insidiously that we never even suspect what is going on. At times we can even give it away as the pressures from the world bear down on us. Your post floods my mind with memories from a past so long ago. I could be content and joyous with such simple diversions. These days are gone, but your post warms me with pleasant thoughts, even if only for a short time.

Sandra Leigh said...

"Swing" was such a great idea for TT. We all seem to be caught up in the joy of childhood; memories and imagination are coming to life all over our bloggy neighbourhood. Great take on the theme, Brian.

Baino said...

Ah why indeed. Although it's we adults that complicate things that could remain simple. I remember my Dad pushing me on swings ad nauseum and we've had a cubby house with swings in the back yard since the kids were little. Well used.

Jaime said...

what a great post. i love pushing the little guy in the swing. he's too young to ask to be pushed higher. but i can't wait for that.

Verily I go. said...

I REMEMBER that swing.

Brian Miller said...

@amy - smiles. any time.

@jake - lol. rofl. i'll be laughing at that one for a while. hope gramma is ok.

@tony - love that line!

@kate - still love to swing myself. always fun pushing the boys and watching their faces.

@dakota - yeah, we did some pretty stupid things as kids ehh?

@jaime - it will come quick. cherish the moments.

@verily - smiles

@daniel - glad i gave you a few moments of release. smiles.

@baino - yeah, we have a way of taking the most simple and turning it into a 3 foot flow chart...

subtorp77 said...

"A simple swing becomes a gateway to adventure"; don't I know it. The playground over-came Princess Cheese's urge to stay in the library. Two days in a row!

books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Brian Miller,
Just like Leah, I have to agree with Ronda and
Mrsupole comments.
But, When it comes to your post...I like the way you, imagined things in your "mind" that only a child can imagine while on a "swing" being pushed...higher, higher and higher!
Brian, Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Megan said...

You are so wise. And prolific! How do you do it?

reyjr said...

I would close my eyes and imagine I was flying...

:D


Thanks for playing!