Monday, June 7, 2010

Happiness is a Swing

You've never seen your child's purest smile or heard their most genuine laugh until they've experienced swinging.  It's joy at it's most unbridled.

Bug: January 2007, 8 months old
Dee: March 2010, 17 months old
Bex: March 2010, 17 months old
The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!



22 comments:

Yelena R. said...

I'm not a kid, but I can't help but smile when i sit on a swing. Oh wait, maybe I am a kid :)

Dandy said...

Oh swinging, it's been far too long.

McVal said...

I love the giggles too! I always wanted to swing all the way around...

Heart2Heart said...

Elle,

I am still a fan of swings and whenever I can find them at the park, there you will find me.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Debbie said...

Oh who doesn't love a swing!

Dana said...

It's pure joy!

COUNTRY MOM said...

Elle, Love all the pics:) I enjoy watching my babies swing too. I love my porch swing... we all enjoy swinging and talking. How have you been? Have a great week. Many Blessings,

Susan said...

I still love to swing! I always do when I take the grandkids to the park. I've always loved that poem, too. We learned it in grade school...back in the old days when you had to recite poetry from memory. :-}

Buckeroomama said...

How weird is that that I just read that poem last night from A Child's Garden of Verses and I see it here on your blog today?!

Your kiddies are SO, SO adorable! :)

Ingrid said...

Oh, man! Those are some sweet smiles. Miss those days.
~ingrid

Christina said...

Precious! I love the poem, as well. Your kids have the most fabulous smiles! :)

Jackie said...

So cute! Love this poem! I haven't caught up with you for a long time...glad we're both back to blogging a little here and there.

Have a great week.

Jackie

AJ said...

I love swings... as a child I couldn't get enough.

As an adult... they make me a little sick, but it's okay!

Diana said...

So precious!!

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teamkyte said...

Layla LOVES to swing. Ysa, not so much :)

Flat Creek Farm said...

What sweet pictures and poem ♥ I still love a good swing, mostly my boring ol' porch swing :)

Muthering Heights said...

That is so true! I had my little ones on the swings today! :)

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serenity said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog post today, I am lame and go eons without posting on yours.

I really, really, REALLY appreciate the advice. And I'm going to take it - not buy into the hype, learn to accept ME for ME, instead of what I think I should be.

And as an aside: Dee and Bex are HUGE! And how is Bug 4????? They're kids and stuff now. What happened to the babies?

xxx

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Walking on Sunshine... said...

Both my children loved to be pushed in the swing, but my son totally adored it! His laugh would just make my heart swell. I miss that age!! Cute pictures!