When I was a child my favorite play structure was near the model homes in the housing development my family moved in. No swings, no slides – but there were tunnels. Somewhere back in Canada I have a black and white photo I took with my first camera in 1964.
It was basically a couple of large sewer pipes covered by a mound of earth. We could play there for hours. It wasn’t fancy, but it doesn’t take much to ignite a child’s imagination.
When we visited Mundenhof, the Freiburg zoo, I noticed a play area that reminded me of that childhood structure, though this one is far more elaborate. It was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions – but that didn’t stop some children from taking advantage of what I suppose is supposed to be some mythical Black Forest creature.
More elaborate than sewer pipes, it is still essentially a tunnel. On this sunny Friday afternoon I wanted to enter the creature myself, though I am not sure I would fit in most of the passageways. It looked like a lot of fun. Made me wish I was a child again.
Most of the time being an adult is much more fun than being a child. We have more autonomy, more options and fewer people telling us what to do. With that though comes more responsibilities. In these COVID-19 times, my guess is there are quite a few people who wouldn’t mind fewer number of responsibilities.
Especially if that would mean we could go and play on this play structure.