An Executive Decision: Yard Swing Decommissioned

In honor of Presidents’ Day weekend, an executive (and very long, overdue) decision (order?) was carried out here at the house Saturday: Mr. T, tear down that swing.

T in the swing for the first time on the driveway as C built it in September 2008. T was just shy of his first birthday.

T in the swing for the first time on the driveway as C built it in September 2008. He was just shy of his first birthday.

T in the swing after C set it into the front yard September 2008.

T in the swing after C set it into the front yard September 2008.

One of the footings to the swing. These remain for the time being. I hope we can preserve this at least (C?).

One of the footings to the swing. These remain for the time being. I hope we can preserve this at least (C?).

OK, so maybe T didn’t tear it down himself, but C’s been itching to get the front yard – including the swing – cleared out for a few months now in preparation for his next house project. While I’ve not been actively fighting this action, I’ve definitely not encouraged it either. I’m not against progress, but I was and am just so proud of the love and passion C put into the construction of the swing four-plus years ago. It was his gift to T for his first birthday, so it’s had a lot of sentimental value, even if not a lot of recent or practical (or actual) use in the last several months (or couple of years). It’s sort-of hard to consent to tearing that down, so I never would and never did.

C and T in front of the swing for the last time Saturday.

C and T in front of the swing for the last time Saturday.

C making the first cuts that will ultimately bring down the swing.

C making the first cuts that ultimately bring down the swing.

C taking the swing out of the yard.

C taking the swing out of the yard.

Bye-bye swing.

Bye-bye, swing.

The new canvas, er, front yard, post-swing. Now C can get back to work this next term with a new front yard plan. Stay tuned!

The blank canvas, er, I mean, front yard, post-swing. It really does open up a world of possibilities. Now C can get back to work next term on a new front yard plan. Four more years (and hopefully four more beyond that)!

But this weekend, T finally said he was ready to move on and he was OK with it being removed. Well, that’s that then, I guess. I knew that meant I would ultimately be outvoted should a formal vote be held, and so I withdrew my petition for the now very weak (i.e., just me) opposition. And just like that, or within about 10 minutes, it was all over.

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T last swung on the swing Nov. 2, 2012. Yeah, it was time to take it out (sniff).

T last swung on the swing Nov. 2, 2012. Yeah, it was time to take it out (sniff).

So RIP, oh great and green bouncing baby bucket. You gave us a fantastic four-plus years of swinging service. We had our ups and downs, of course, but all in all, you gave T a great toddler- and preschool-hood and provided all of us with wonderful memories to hang onto for years to come. Through all of the highs and lows, thanks for the good times.

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RIP Yard Swing (Sept. 21, 2008-to-Feb. 16, 2013)

PS – Anyone near us need a baby-toddler swing? $20 OBO! Just the swing and chains; the frame’s toast.

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