Sliding in the 50s

Okay, I know I’m dating myself, but how do you do a Throwback Thursday post without being thrown back into those old days along with it?

Remember these old-fashioned slides? It was quite a climb to get to the top and I can only imagine how cold the metal of the slide must have been in this scene. Winter in Dawson Creek was no joke. This was probably a milder day of only  10 or 15 below zero. I must say my father was kind to take us to this park, which was quite a walk from where we lived. My mother would have been at home with my younger sisters. My father was the one with the camera in those days.

There weren’t many structures in the playground and it all looks rather bleak, looking back now. But for my brother and me, it was probably the highlight of our day. Certainly the “high” part.

img039

We must have liked climbing on things, and, lacking more playground equipment, old farm machinery would do just fine.

img635

I’m surprised at how happy we looked in this godforsaken place.

22 thoughts on “Sliding in the 50s

  1. wordsfromanneli Post author

    That particular slide was quite high (when you’re little, big things look bigger), and I remember thinking it was a bit scary to climb up there, but such a ride down! And what a great idea for your father to make up that DVD. It would be a shame to lose those old memories.

    Like

    Reply
  2. Ursula Kurz

    I don´t think I was ever on a slide, maybe its time to do it one day before I am gone. There are almost no pictures of my childhood days and the ones I have don´t show me on a slide. I love the very happy faces of you and your brother, just makes me happy.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      It’s such a shame not to have pictures of childhood days. But you have the memories. Yes, we looked happy there. It’s funny that I don’t remember being happy so much as I remember always being cold.

      Like

      Reply
  3. Rebekah M

    Oh, I remember the slides. They built a playground not far from where we lived, but not until I was at least ten. In the wintertime there was a hockey rink too, but we girls had very little access to it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
  4. Pat

    I would have loved to have farm machinery to climb on! There weren’t any parks in walking distance, but my mother would occasionally allow herself to be talked into a drive to the park. We kept busy. Children can usually find ways to entertain themselves. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
  5. reocochran

    I really like when you talk about memories, Anneli. I remember my own children climbing tall metal slides and squealing on the way down. Did you ever ask your mom for waxed paper to get it to be slicker and faster? 🙂
    You and your brother look like my cousins who were blonde and took after our Swedish grandpa. You were so cute and looking happy.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
      1. reocochran

        Pieces of cardboard are another fun choice, Anneli. Of course, they count! When we were in college, we would take our meals to our room from time to time, saving the trays for sleds in the wintertime. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s