One of the things we wanted to add to our new house was a playset for the girls. This house doesn’t have a playground within strolling distance like our last two 🙁 🙁 and I knew having a hang out in the back yard would be a useful addition for many summers to come!
I began scoping out our options on Craigslist, convinced we could beat the price of conventional play grounds as long as we were willing to put in a few blood, sweat, and tears (we were. we just didn’t realize how much blood, sweat, and tears would be required). I spent a few days playing the CL game….frantically emailing/texting, waiting in line, bidding and negotiating. It was only a matter of time before we found one that really struck our interest, was within our driving range, and priced just right. We won the bid and made plans to pick it up a few weekends ago.
We knew this was going to be a big project but we had no idea how to quantify it. We both thought N would have to disassemble the entire thing and then carefully attempt to reassemble it at our house. Thankfully it came apart in only three manageable sections but that meant two, hour and a half trips out there, two different size trailers, and some much needed help from both our neighbors and some boys from the college.
After a long day of driving and hauling, N made it home for a quick bite of dinner before bee-lining it to the yard to put it in place before losing the remaining daylight. He had three boys on hand to help him and the first thing they did was get the trailer stuck in a muddy ditch in our front yard. Next thing we knew, one of our neighbors was driving his tractor over in a, “hey it looks like you might need some help” kind of way and rescuing them from the ditch. He stayed to see the entire project through and even brought over some new hooks for our swing. Meanwhile, I got a phone call from our other neighbor saying, “hey, do y’all need some help?” (think we must have looked a little pathetic??!!). “I was driving by and couldn’t stop in the moment but I’d be happy to run over now!” Just a few minutes later they victoriously finished the set with just enough daylight for MG to get a few celebratory slides in before bed.
N and I were almost brought to tears by the willingness of our little community to help. This has definitely been a season of reliance on others. We’ve had to suck in our pride a little bit and accept help, advice, and even shelter from our friends and family. In some cases we’ve had NOTHING to offer in return. Literally nothing other than a sincere thank you. I don’t know how much longer this season will last but I am feeling myself being changed through it. For that, I guess, I am grateful.