It's been a joy to play with my granddaughter on my vacation! I've only experienced this luxury a few times, since we live 1100 miles apart.
Saturday morning's temperature was hot--but not scorching--and a breeze made the summer weather comfortable. I thought a visit to a park would be fun and entertaining, so I took her to one that I remembered from my son's little league days.
This park is a very nice park in a residential neighborhood. The playground area is huge and can accommodate lots of kids. It's been upgraded since my kids were small: the ground's surface is a recycled rubber "sport floor" that really protects tender skin from boo-boos. The play equipment's bright enamel paint and plastic parts aren't supposed to burn the skin like metal swingsets of past eras. Next to the playground there's still a large covered picnic area that can seat several parties at once and there's a long green expanse of lush grass to run around on.
My granddaughter is still young enough that parallel play is her style, but she loves to watch other kids and she'll do the delightful dance of approach & retreat with a shreik and a giggle if she makes eye contact. I expected her to have fun watching and copying the neighborhood kids.
So how many kids do you see in this idyllic play area?
Pleasant weather? Check. Kid-friendly playground? Check. Family-oriented park? Check. Residential neighborhood? Check. Upkeep? Neat, litter-free, well-tended. Atmosphere? Right out of The Twilight Zone. Like a ghost town.
We still had fun, the two of us, my granddaughter and me, as she led me on a toddler's "underground" exploration of the maze below the structure's floor. I observed her with wonder and did the dance of approach & retreat with a shreik and a giggle when we made eye contact. I held her on my lap so she could try the little slides without fear, since she couldn't gain confidence by watching any other children.
PHOTO ALBUM vs STORYBOOK
In a photo album this picture has some geometric visual interest, and it's obviously a little girl in a playground. It's the frozen-frame of a captured moment that demands your interpretation.
But I'll be putting together an 8x8 storybook about this trip, and when I pair this photo with its story, the image acquires time, place, personality, and mood. The details of the event turn this picture into an action photo that pulls you, the reader, into the movement of the memory and beckons you to become a participant.
P + S is best!
GET CREDITED IN MY STORYBOOK
How would you caption this photo in only 3 to 5 sentences? If I like your caption better than the one I have planned, I'll use it in my storybook, with your permission (and credited to you). You may call my granddaughter 'K' if you want to use her name.