Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Concrete and cardboard

A year is a long time in the life of a six-year-old, but one thing C remembered from our stay here last summer was the concrete slide.

It's located in Johnson Park, in the middle of an attractive residential neighborhood. The large grassy area has a few redwood trees -- Palo Alto is Spanish for "tall tree" -- and there are interesting climbing walls, towers and a twisty tube slide.

But what the boys really want to play on is that fixed wave of concrete. Take the flattened side of a corrugated cardboard box and away you go. (You can also slide on the seat of your pants, just not as fast. Yes, I've tried both methods.)

I've seen play structures shaped like castles and pirate ships, with zip lines and merry-go-rounds. None of them has held my sons' attention like the concrete slide and a few scraps of cardboard. Is it the speed? Or the simplicity?

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