[Note from Jodi: Thursday Night Smackdown (once my rival, now my lover. No not really but that was beautiful, no?) invited me to post over in those thar parts, so I did. I did it am I’m not sorry. Check it out here.]
|Swings are the hot-ticket item of any playground. They are by far the most fun to play on, and have more appeal to a wider age group than any of the other playground equipment. I still love swinging as high as I can, extending my arms, and throwing my head back so I can see the ground coming at me. In fact I’d say that trying to recreate this exact sensation might have been the impetus for many years of debauchery in my twenties. It’s disorienting and dizzying and dangerous and (what else begins with “d”? I have a theme going here)…dodgy! Anyway. I know I am not alone in my love of the swing because they are always full.|
So I’ve been brought to my knees by a pressing question: how long can a child occupy a swing, while there’s a line, without being accused of bogarting the swing? I’ve been on both sides of this conundrum. I’ve been in the line, seething, as parents push and push and push and freaking push their kids, ignoring the line of kids trying to make sense of waiting forever, and totally ignoring the parents (read: me) mad-dogging them. Then, I’ve also been pushing a deliriously giggling Roan on a swing after he has powered through the line, and finally been granted a turn. He worked for this spot, and you know – I’m not going to short him. Then I just have to ignore and dodge the daggers from the newly frustrated set of parents and kids who want their turn.
Seriously – there’s a pretty intense dynamic around swing politics. It is goofy as hell, but it is real. So what’s the protocol, citizens? And there’s a second part of the question: do younger kids take priority over teenagers? I get a little shifty when older kids pay no mind to the younger ones with their big Japanese Anime Eyes looking at them with no effect whatsoever. But then again maybe I’m just jealous of their immunity to that style of manipulation.
I know there are more important things happening in the world: the Swine Flu, the First 100 Days of the Presidency, People’s “Most Beautiful People” issue not including Anderson Cooper and such, but my world is small and simple sometimes. Swings: what are the rules? And do you speak up when someone is not following them?