Childhood Memories and The Swing in the Garden

T woke up crying one night.  When asked why, she said …

“I don’t want to grow up. If I grow up I’ll forget all about the fun things I did, like playing in my swing”.

She only went back to sleep when her dad told her about all the things he remembered as a child.  Like the time his own dad put up a swing for him.  He thinks he was barely five, even younger than T.  She laughed when he told her that he saw Father Christmas coming out of the attic once. How he was so scared that he saw him and wouldn’t give him his present.  Of course what my husband saw as a child was the shadow of his dad coming down from the attic with his presents.  I couldn’t contribute much, because of my really bad memory.  But we assured her that no one will take away her good memories from her and that all she needed to do was conjure them up when she wants them back.  I encouraged her to write more in her journal.  At the moment, she uses it as her doodle book complete with made-up stories of her and her friends.

That swing in the photo is the best £10 purchase I’ve ever made in my life.  I bought that swing for T a few months ago and it’s currently her most favourite thing in the world.

When the weather is good, she heads straight down in the garden for a little swing before coming inside the house.

She can spend hours down there just playing on it.  Swinging on it and sometimes I’ve seen her just sitting there peacefully with her own little thoughts.  It is a lovely sight.

And then there are times when she’d ask us to push her up higher and higher.  The air will be filled with her laughter and giggles and me telling her to hold on tight as she’d go up, up and away.

For me, playing on a swing should be part of every childhood memory.  I have my own.  We lived in the city and didn’t have a swing in the garden.  But I remember swinging in my maternal grandmother’s garden in the country, up, up and higher.  It’s a lovely memory.  And I’m really pleased too that T is making her own memories of playing in a swing down in the garden.

Do you remember your childhood?

 

37 Comments

    • I know. It’s happening too fast Kate! Before you know it, she’ll be in college like Mr. T 🙁

  1. She is so right. It’s important to let the child inside us ” live “.
    Yes, I remember very well my childhood spent in different countries…:)

    • Same here. I have loads of lovely memories with my cousins. Too bad T’s cousins are too far away 🙁

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    I remember my childhood swing from the house we left when I was 4 together with the blue seat on it and my sand pit and little ride on tractor and trailer. Simple garden fun stays with you for a long time. I’m sure T will pull up many memories of swinging in the garden and days at the beach with her cousins and friends and so much more when she looks back in years to come.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Wow, you have a great memory Fiona! I wish mine was as good as yours 🙂

  3. I love those photos. Swings are great. So simple and yet they can play for hours.

    I’m convinced that we don’t forget the fun times as children, but we forget how old we were. I have clear memories, because we moved house a lot (military family – not because we were on the run!), but my husband is convinced he remembers nothing before he was 8. I remember playing on my trike at 3 with a friend, on our drive. We moved soon after, so I know I was 3. #CountryKids
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    • Thank you! My memory isn’t as good as yours, but I do remember fond ones too 🙂

  4. oh wow this brought a tear to my eye. last week we were at Hardwick hall and they had a rope swing, just like the ones in your photos so it reminded me of that. I was sat on the swing, with my son on my lap, and it took me right back to when I was a kid. it’s funny isn’t it, how moments can bring such memories and deja vu back to you. I’m glad I found this post 🙂 thanks for sharing #countrykids

  5. My children play on the swing every single day, they can’t walk past it without jumping on! We didn’t have a garden when I was a child so I really appreciate the opportunities they have to enjoy ours. #CountryKids

    • Same as T, except when the weather is bad 🙂 It’s lovely to see them outdoors isn’t it?

  6. She is precious 🙂 It’s true that we get them all these fancy toys but it’s the cheaper ones that they will love and remember.

    My childhood is not like M’s or H’s, not many toys but lots of playmates and cousins and lots of playing in the heat. We were always told to have afternoon naps but escaped and played outside. We were in a “looban” so it was pretty safe. I liken my childhood to Toto’s in Cinema Paradiso, as we lived near a cinema.

    We bought materials for a swing for M years ago – wood, rope and plastic flowers to go around the ropes. We planned to put it in her bedroom (the attic has strong beams). Back then she had a den so it wouldn’t fit. And then we just delayed it some more till H was mobile and now we have to wait maybe a year or two as anyway, it’s just a place to sit on and relax really, an inspiration from Christina Ricci’s bedroom in “Penelope”.

    Happy Independence Day! xx

    • Love that swing from Penelope. Hopefully you guys will manage to put it up soon 🙂 xx Oh and Happy Independence Day too 🙂

  7. Aww what a beautiful memory for her! I’m sure along with your photos and her journal it will be hard forgotten. Our memories are funny things, I don’t remember a lot but I remember our apple trees we had in different gardens! # countrykids
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    • I don’t remember much either. Just snippets here and there 🙂 Would love to have an apple tree in our garden too 🙂

  8. There are a few things I can remember from my childhood from making mud pies in the garden to playing with cardboard boxes. Drawing faces and making clay sculptures. I think encouraging her to write them down is a great suggestion. #CountryKids
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  9. Aww… what a lovely post. I remembered playing on the swings with my siblings at the playground near out house when we were little. But things have changed over time. The playground has been discard and later turned in to a private primary school. I’m glad you are making memories for your little girl. xx
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  10. I sadly don’t remember much of my childhood that’s why I’m determined to make as many memories as possible with my children x

  11. Rachel - Mummahub

    I used to love our garden swing. I’d spend hours on it just swinging and singing to myself!

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