Up in the air and down!
May 17, 2010

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!

Lately, I have been taking Charlotte to the park every afternoon.  She crawls on the grass and plucks clover, then holds it at arm’s length for me to see.  I take the shredded greenery from her fingers and exclaim THANK YOU!, tell her how proud I am that she is sharing with me, and I find myself signing it to her as well.

After awhile, we meander to the jungle gym or the horse corral or the duck pond or the local trails.  I run her through palm fronds, back and forth, back and forth, while she giggles.  I tickle her nose with mulberry leaves and let her clasp them excitedly.  She rips them apart and I encourage her to share the leaf pieces with me.  She holds them at arm’s length and grins.  I cannot help it; I grin too.

Then we swing.  Higher and higher, my hand on her back, my voice in the wind, reciting that Robert Louis Stevenson poem of old in a song.  As she swings toward me, I kiss her, then I sing the poem again.

It all just seems so perfect to me.


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  1. By Tiffany on May 17, 2010

    We hung a swing in a tree at our home and it just may be my new favorite spot. Bubbette loves to swing - even cries when we take her out - which would explain the lack of completed chores currently at my home. oops.

  2. By Heidi on May 17, 2010

    That IS perfect.

    We love our swing time, too.  :)

  3. By Brooke on May 17, 2010

    This is one of my most favorite poems. I have fond memories of my aunt (who raised me) reciting it. I often think the first stanza to myself when I’m pushing Sadie on the swing. I need to commit it to memory, so I can say it to her out loud.

  4. By on May 17, 2010

    that is pretty much the exact thing we (me and my 9 month old liam) do almost every afternoon when i get home from school for the day. i will start reciting the poem this afternoon when we swing! thanks for continuing to be an inspiration… i just wish i were able to stay at home. what an awesome we do in just being mom! :)

  5. By kirsten on May 17, 2010

    Ah, I cannot wait for these moments!! What a sweet little cherub you have. :o)

  6. By Elly on May 17, 2010

    Oh! Look at her gorgeous baby chub! Love it, seriously. :)

  7. By Cynthia A on May 17, 2010

    We just put a swing in our back yard on our tree and Bailey loves loves it!!  She laughs so much every time she comes back down!  Swinging is the best :)!  I do not know if I can do it anymore without losing my stomach :)

  8. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble Style on May 17, 2010

    Hey thanks for commenting on my blog, I was all excited and I told my husband “Look!  My favorite blogger posted a comment on my blog!!“  It brightened my day, thanks!

    Ava LOVES swings so much that she barely wants to do anything but swing when we go to the park.  I am a little disappointed at this fact because I like to think she could run out some of her energy there but I hope this at least means she will want to ride the roller coasters with me when she is older!  : )

  9. By *emilie* on May 18, 2010

    so cute !
    i can not for the life of me find one of these swings around where i live. and i’ve looked ! it’s driving me crazy !!

  10. By Dandy on May 18, 2010

    Were you saying something? 

    I’m sorry I was distracted by the rolls.  Please munch on them for me.


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