Playing in the Air

Two children fell from the top of this slide in the playground across from the house where I grew up. One of them was my sister Patti, pictured nearest the top in this photo. The second child to fall tragically died, but the slide was not removed or altered until the old school building was replaced years after I had grown up and moved away. I am the third and lowest child in this photo, following along, as usual.        photo circa 1949/50 by my other sister, Betty Dykstra Wilcox

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11 thoughts on “Playing in the Air

    1. lifelessons Post author

      It rocked our little town as it was a very popular family. The mother especially had brought so many activities that totally changed the dynamics and brought so much life to the town. Her small son’s death was therefor ironic as well as sad.

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  1. Melanie B Cee

    Those old school people didn’t think (or so it seems) that children would get hurt. My brother fell from the top of the ‘tricky bars’ (the name of the jungle gym thing) when he was in kindergarten, breaking three bones in his foot. He was in a cast for weeks, but your story reminds just how much worse it could have been.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      My sister can’t even remember ever telling our mom when she fell from the top of that slide. It was only concrete and hard dirt and rocks below it–plus the bolts that stuck up out of the concrete to hold the slide in place which is what pierced the skull of the little boy. So sad.

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  2. Christine Goodnough

    For every child that died after a fall from a slide, I’m sure a hundred died from hitting &/or going through windshields. Safety requirements have changed hugely since we were girls. Lately I’ve seen playgrounds with shredded recycled rubber under the swings and slides. Now to work on those bone-crunching, concussion-producing contact sports. 🙂

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  3. slmret

    Oh, my — how sad! My pediatrician dad often commented that such accidents would come in groups — kids falling from playground equipment, kids falling out of cars, etc. No wonder most slides now sit on sand!

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