Thursday, October 14, 2010

Swinging

When I was morbidly obese, I used to take my kids to the playground. I'd sit on a bench and watch them play for hours. Sometimes we'd bring a picnic lunch of peanut butter sandwiches or Happy Meals and the kids would play all day. But I always dreaded the swings. Hated them. Why? Because my kids couldn't swing themselves. I had to get up from my bench, and, depending on the age of the child, I'd have to put them in the swing, give them at least a couple of pushes, and maybe I'd have to actually stand there pushing them. I really didn't like it because getting up hurt. Walking hurt. Standing hurt A LOT. It seemed like an awful lot of work to me to get up off my bench and push my child on the swing, so I tried not to do it often.

Today, I went to the park with my daughter. I always love it when she wants to swing. I am usually already on my feet anyway, and it is so fun pushing her higher and higher, watching her blonde hair shine and sway in the air, and hearing her contagious laughter. But the very best part these days is that I swing with her.

Yes, I actually get in a swing beside my daughter and I swing way up to the sky, my legs pumping and my feet reaching into the blue. I love the sensation of back and forth, back and forth as the wind catches my hair and my daughter and I laugh and swing together. Swinging today, it was the absolute essence of freedom. The black rubber seat did not pinch my thighs into numbness or cause me any pain or discomfort at all, the way it used to even 20 pounds ago. The cold grey metal chains did not break when I sat down, nor did they seem at all stressed by my swinging as I used to fear. It was just me and my girl, the bright yellow sun and the crisp fall air, and our laughter dancing across the playground. It was divine.

How long has it been for you? Have you been on a swing lately? It is an amazing feeling. In fact it is one of my favorite things now. I swing every chance I get. Can you picture it for yourself? Like going back to childhood, to innocence and not having a care in the world, you forget all your troubles and look to the sky in absolute joy.

It is so worth it.

20 comments:

GeorgiaBE said...

THIS IS GREAT!!!
For me swinging is a great destressor and mood lifter....I've actually gone so far as to request my own from my husband. Then came the process of finding a set that could support my weight...hasn't happened yet!
So it'll be another benifit of weight loss--I'll be able to get my own swing set!
I'm so glad you had fun!

Harry said...

I was expecting something racy from the title ;-)

Debbie said...

I would love to fit into a swing. I am looking forward to swinging with my granddaughter. Congrats on agreat NSV..

The Fat Mom said...

I love to swing. If my fat butt would fit in that plastic seat then I would be going to the park everyday for a swinging session!

Miss Maebe said...

I love swinging! I like to hit the swing for a quick back and forth when I take my pup to the park near my house. As a larger girl, some swings do hurt my hips, but thankfully the one near my house is actually really comfortable! :)

Jane said...

I love to swing. It's kind of like flying (like riding a bike). They both take me back to my childhood in a heartbeat.

Becky said...

you painted this picture beautifully. I can literally see the joy on both of your faces. There is so much joy in the little things.

Mind Over Fatter said...

It's amazing what you are doing now with the weight and the pain loss. My son is too old for the park now but it's great to get out and run around with a soccer ball!

mallwalker said...

Fabulous Post! I haven't thought of swinging in a long time. My boys are 16 & 18 now, so it's been a while since I took them to the playground.

But I may have to try out the swings at the church playground this Sunday.

Thanks for a beautiful reminder.

L A U R A said...

That's great! The swings were, and still are, my fave thing to do at the park. I actually went on one in June with my fiance's son. I took him to the park and pushed him, and then I got on a swing and he tried to push me.

Heather said...

Lyn,
I have enjoyed your writing for a long time now...and you have been my inspiration. Swinging. Oh my...you have again hit on something with me. This is one of my dreams. I know that will sound so silly to some ~ that I dream of swinging, but it's true. It is one of the things I feel I have truly missed out on with my kids because of my weight. There are many other things I've missed, but swinging has always been at the top of the list.
We have a nice little park here in our community and my daughter (now 10) has loved the swings since she was 2. I've always pushed and laughed with her, but I've never been able to join in. I have never even *tried* to, because I'm so scared I won't fit or I will break something. Still, everytime we are there I long to swing with her. I'm looking forward to the day that I can. As someone else mentioned...I have talked to my husband about making me my own at our house. One of these days it will happen! :) Thanks so much Lyn for another wonderful, touching post.

Shane G. said...

great post Lyn! I am a swing lover too and when I take Lauren to the park, she and I swing away. I have always worried about the chains too, but I am a daredevil I guess. I go anyway. I am only 50 pounds down, so I may still have to worry, but I look forward to the day I can get on that swing and not keep an eye on the chains!!

beerab said...

That's wonderful :) I love swinging also.

Auntie Mandy said...

Ugh! The last time I tried to swing, I got so motion sick, I thought I was a goner! I love to swing, but hate getting nauseous. I also cannot sit on the end of a pier. I do love climbing the ladders with the kiddos.

Holly L. said...

Hi Lynn,

I haven't been on your site for a long time and I just came back to check in. I feel like when you run into a friend you haven't seen in forever and they look like a completely different person. I can't believe how beautiful you look in your most recent picks and how upbeat and wonderful life sounds. Amazing inspiration!

spunkysuzi said...

I love the idea of swinging but i get nauseous when i do :(

gaelowyn said...

A friend passed this blog on at another web board. This is the first i've had the time to look it over.. and I must say.. I'm finding some motivation from you. Your blog is now on my 'must check in daily' list!! keep up the awesome work.. I hope to be following in your footsteps soon!

Pubsgal said...

Oh, yes, I know *exactly* what you mean! Among many other things, being able to go on the swings with my kids at the park has been wonderful.

So glad you're doing well, Lyn, and getting to enjoy so many things again. :-)

Anonymous said...

It might be cheating but one of our parks has a stiff board type swing that doesn't hurt my butt. It didn't hurt it 40 lbs ago either though. I love to sit on that swing with one of my kids and lag and swing. I have yet try a regular one though. Great post and congrats on a nice NSV!

Anonymous said...

Laugh not lag. Darn iPad.

~~ misty