Playground Restores Mom’s Faith in Humanity

September 26th, 2009

I’m a pretty optimistic person, but even I can sometimes get weighed down by the bad stuff in the world. No need to list it all, we know it’s there. And it sucks. But just when you start to get really frustrated by the state of the universe, you stumble upon a small moment of grace that reminds you that, for the most part, life is good.

I’ve been on the hunt for a good playground for Miss Mouse. She loves to scramble around on all the equipment at day care and I wanted to find somewhere she could do it around here. I had noticed a church near our house with a fabulous playground. The church runs a day care and there is a wrought iron fence around the playground. I had driven past it a zillion times but never stopped because I just assumed it would be locked up, off limits to intruders like me.

But finally last Sunday, I decided it was worth at least stopping to check. And what do you know. When I walked up to the gate, it was unlocked and there was this sign on it:

This playground is a blessing from God. We are happy to share it with you!

Wow. That simple decision to be welcoming and open and neighborly blew me away.

It’s a wonderful playground, geared at little people — the day care only goes up to age 5. Miss Mouse crawled through tunnels, played in a little house, and went down the slide a few times. But her favorite thing of all was the swings, as you can see in this short video.

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