Now that playgrounds are opening back up, the weather is improving, and our last GG Sprinkles episode was a pretty serious one, we decided to visit several playgrounds. And I couldn’t wait to try out the swings and slides.
We played for a couple of hours, acquiring footage that we could piece together for an episode. I climbed, swung (on different kinds of swings), did the monkey bars (badly), slid down various slides, and more. It was a beautiful day, so we had to work around the kids who had the bigger right to the playgrounds. We can’t put other people’s kids on YouTube, of course. But somehow, my valiant and talented (and patient—did I mention patient?) videographer made it work. The smallest two playgrounds were mostly empty, but the bigger two were apparently more of a draw, and rightly so. I did wonder a little nervously what the parents of the little ones were thinking as this big kid of a grandma was playing among their children. But we did okay and no one called the police. I’d call that a successful day.
We went back to the house and ended the episode with a poem about the joy of playgrounds. I showed some pictures of my little ones on various playground equipment, and we talked briefly about what you can do to have fun in your own yard if playgrounds are not an option for whatever reason. Some parents are still (and appropriately) concerned about all of the hands and potential germs on the equipment. And some may not have playgrounds in their area.
I declared right after our last episode that I wanted to do a light, fun episode. Playgrounds came to mind immediately. I wanted to project happiness and unconfined joy for the kids. Of course for the kids, right? But I realized as I was soaring in the swings and going down slides that I was really doing this one almost as much for me as for my young audience. I, too, needed the fun of the playground; I, too, needed to be a big kid, if just for a couple of hours. It’s been a very long, scary, and—yes—confined and sometimes isolated year. GG Sprinkles provided me with an excuse to slide and climb and soar. And let’s face it: We ALL need to soar at times, if only for a little while ❤️.