A rare sight ...children playing outside on a swing!
It was encouraging to see the children outside...away from the video games. This was taken just a couple of days ago and the laughter breaking the silence of the park was refreshing. It may have been the lure of a perfect tree and perfect swing that drew the children. It was also the last week of Summer vacation, knowing that this time next week...they would be back in school.
Whatever the reason, the interaction of the boy and girl reminded me of my childhood and those days when...not even knowing why but...I began to notice that there was indeed another species of the human race called a "girl"...and she wasn't that bad to hang with!
The huge sprawling tree, the affection shown...reminded me of a very touching scene...I think it may have been the first episode of one of my most favorite TV shows...The Wonder Years. The episode played out and we found that Winnie's brother had just died in Vietnam. The show ended with the two of them, very young and innocent sitting next to each other under a huge tree that seemed to take them under it's wing. In a clumsy effort to comfort Winnie, Kevin leaned and kissed Winnie on the cheek. The scene faded to black with the song "When a man loves a woman" by Percy Sledge...contrasting the young lovers with what the future held for them. For me, that image still resonates and is the epitome of young innocent love struggling to cope with the onset of the complicated, unsure complexities of adolescence. Those memories are often...so bittersweet.
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