I ran into this post via another blog I like to read, and my heart skipped a few beats because somehow, somewhere, I’ve seen that rocketship slide. I don’t know where, and I don’t know how given that I was born in the late ’70s, and the odds of them still being around til I was big enough to play on one, while possible, are still quite slim.
Could you imagine these today? Parents would see them more as a death trap or, at the very least, a tetanus shot just waiting to happen rather than a fun place to play. Our primary school playground had this giant spider climbing structure made out of metal and concrete similar to the one below. It never failed, every year at least one kid would hurt themselves on it, whether by falling off or tripping over one of the legs. One year, the lucky little booger was my brother. He bashed his head on the midsection somehow and had to get stitches. When the school nurse called to tell my parents that their kid fell off the spider, they knew exactly what she was talking about.
Do you have any interesting stories about how, by today’s standards, you faced certain danger while playing in your own backyard?