Matt Coker | @BackRowOnline
A few years ago, my wife and I traveled to the town I grew up in. I went to a Catholic school from 1st to 6th grade. One of the best things about this school, in my opinion as a kid, was the awesome custom playground they had. There was a set of swing-sets shaped like a cowboy and an Indian, a castle, a cool slide, and a whole bunch of other playground equipment that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
The last time I had been in my hometown was 10 years before that, but I hadn’t seen that playground since I was about 13. As we were pulling up to it, I was expecting to see all those old pieces torn down and replaced with typical plastic cookie-cutter playground stuff. I mean, the last time I saw the playground, it was pretty run down. Broken chains, paint peeling off, dents and cracks – it didn’t look long for this world.
To my surprise, we found the complete opposite. The playground still had all the original equipment, but it had definitely been fixed up. I saw broken pieces fixed, fresh coats of paint, everything looking brand new!
I felt like crying. To see something so unique and amazing not only still standing, but looking better than I ever remember seeing it as a kid, it really got me emotional!
And almost immediately, I saw the connection to my life.