Ode to a Playground (or in this case playground equipment)
A memorial to the witches hat that “USED” to be on the playground at the Dugway Proving Grounds Elementary School.
You really were the greatest piece of playground equipment ever made, rust and all, and you will be missed. Why they had to take you out was obvious however annoying, but that didn't stop the trauma created by your forceful removal.
There was no greater exhilaration than having the entire playground hoist you 10 (maybe 15) feet into the air and then spin you around at speeds that were probably not a safe as our parents would have liked. Turns out that wasn't what you were for, Awkward. I guess after two kids had both of their legs broken it was deemed “your fault” and out you went. In hindsight I guess they couldn't remove all of the kids that had used you improperly and therefore caused the injuries, but that didn't make sense at the time.
I have since learned that if we had used you appropriately you wouldn't have been near as fun. That being said, for future generations, the correct operating instructions said that we were to spread out all the way around the witches hat. We were then supposed to run in a circle and slowly lift our feet. Boring right?!
Oh well it was fun while it lasted, and in a world where so many of my children's toys are better than mine there is a selfish part of me that's happy about that. They will never know the joy or terror of flying through the air at unhealthy speeds, but I do 😉