Being an adult can be tough. I remember most of my twenties being (or trying to be) very grown-up and adult like. I didn’t partake in a lot of silly time or playful activities. In my thirties, I became a father and it was finally socially acceptable for me to ride the slide at the playground. I do love a good ride down a slide.
The best are those big huge slides at the fair where you sit on a burlap sack and swoosh down the slide and skitter off the end onto the green outdoor carpet, where you come to a very ungraceful halt. Tied for first is the big inflatable bouncy slide, also ridden on a slippery mat.
Second to that are big twisty slides. It’s hard to find a good twisty slide… well, hard to find a good adult sized twisty slide, the kids seem to do fine on most of them. The problem for adults on most twisty slides is the twists are too narrow, and I end up pushing and scooting instead of sliding. Every once in a while though, I come across a twisty slide that has a good size and slope, such that kids and adults can slide. Those slides are magical. Third on my slide list are just the standard straight slides. I like the ones that have enough slope that I fly right off the end (hopefully landing on my feet, but sometimes landing on my rear.)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some good twisty slides…
I’ve visited a lot of playgrounds in the 4 years since my daughter’s birth. One thing perplexes me is that I don’t see many other adults partaking in the jungle gym activities. The monkey bars, tube tunnels, rope bridges, fireman’s poles, and of course the slides, are all there for the playing. Yet it’s mostly just the kids playing, with the adults plopped down on a nearby bench. Maybe the parents are appreciating some down time, while their kids burn off energy. I’m sure that’s the case for some, and that’s me sometimes too. But other times, I like to jump in and play along with my daughter.
I can’t monkey bar like I used to, but I sure can slide, and cross the rope bridges, and even squeeze through some tunnels. Oh, and remember those things mounted on top of a spring that bounce to and fro? Yeah those were awesome to ride as a child, and every once in a while you can find an adult sized one.
Yeah, I have proof…
It’s good to let go and be silly once in a while. We sometimes lose grasp of that as adults. Next time you find yourself near a playground, go ahead and have a go at the slide and maybe a turn on the swings.