Friday, October 24, 2008

Field Trip: New Playground

Shishmaref School got a new playground this year. This has been a colossal event to the kiddos in town. Steve and I took a jaunt down to the playground (before the snow fell), and I thought I'd bring VFN's faithful readers along for the ride...

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Here is the playground in all its splendor. To truly appreciate it, you have to know that our old playground was tiny and WITHOUT SWINGS (doesn't that seem criminal?).



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One of the coolest features of the new playground is the vortex. It appears to be a type of merry-go-round. The kids use it to pile up on top of each other and then fight about whose turn it is to get off.



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I took a few twirls on the vortex. It was fun. It had all of the thrill of a merry-go-round without the omnipresent risk of flying off to your doom. I appreciated that.



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Steve enjoyed spinning kids as fast as possible. He gets a real kick out of making people almost throw up.



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Another cool feature of the playground is the steering wheel. You may not be impressed, but wait until you see the next picture.



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A gear shifter!!!! That's brilliant. If I had one of these growing up, my life would have been a lot easier (I learned how to drive a stick in front of an audience of middle-aged men. I was working at the paper mill in Lewiston the summer after my freshman year of college. Part of my job included driving an ancient truck. It was scary. I didn't like it).



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The second best feature of the playground is the swings. I don't think any playground should be without swings. I have always loved swings, even though I received the only pink slip of my entire elementary career while on a swing (hey playground monitor at Grantham Elementary, I'm sorry! I didn't know that having four people at a time on one swing was against the rules! I was only a kindergartener).



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The Shishmaref kids were extraordinarily impressed with how high I could go on the swing. I tried to explain the physics of why I could go higher, but I failed miserably. (VFN extends moderately sincere apologies to anybody that is offended by the above picture. It seemed necessary to illustrate exactly how high I was able to go on the swing. Thank you for understanding.)

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Without a doubt, the best feature of the playground is the adorable kids that hang around.


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Seriously, be still my heart...


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This girl is cute AND sweet!



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I'll never get tired of watching these kiddos have fun.



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They remind me of everything I love about Shishmaref.

3 comments:

Breezi said...

Don't blame your age for such horrible decisions like dog piling on a swing. Seriously... even Maggie knows not to do that, and she's two.
haha.

I am a little jealous of the playground! Alli's school playground has a balance beam, one of those dome jungle climbing things, and a 4 way fireman's pole. oh, and 5 tires that are in the ground. AND they were all done in like 1960 and are all rusty. Yay for poorly funded schools.

Congrats on getting your swing that high! I was quite impressed.

Stephen Carter said...

Why in the world did they put up a new playground? Is Shish not going to move in a few years?

Amy Cellar said...

I know these munchkins! They were so cute and tiny a year ago!