Every kid should have a tire swing...so when Lachlan decided he wanted one we looked around to find the right tree. It wasn't easy. Neither his parents nor I have the perfect tree. But in my back yard there is a cedar that leans over (a long ago hurricane almost blew it down). I propped it up with a 4 X 4, and tied a long rope around the trunk high up.
Lachlan and I went to the dump. As luck would have it, they had just that morning hauled off all the old tires. So we went to Jimmy's garage. Jamie took Lachlan out back and let him pick out a used tire.
Back home we trimmed off a few dead branches from the cedar and tied the tire to the rope. We had found the ideal spot.
Lachlan ran up the lane to tell his friend Gretchen. In a matter of minutes they were back, playing on the tire swing.
"'Tis a gift to be simple."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.