Swing No, Sweet Yoshi

Dear Yoshi,

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Yoshi’s first swing, March 6, 2010, 8 months

One of your greatest joys in life is swinging. You would swing all day everyday if we let you. When we go to parks, you insist on swinging the entire time. You used to throw fits if we dared to suggest you play on other parts of the playground.

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September 26, 2010, 14 months

To avoid drama, we try to avoid playgrounds with swings if we can help it. It’s kind of mean I guess, but we want you to enjoy yourself instead of have anxiety about swings the whole time. You like them TOO much, to the point that it makes you unhappy.

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October 10, 2010, 15 months

We have a favorite park with no swings at a local elementary school. We go there almost every Saturday. The playgrounds are great, and there are shaded picnic tables good for feeding your sister. Across the field from the park is a pond and another play area that we have never visited.

Last Saturday, I decided we would walk down there and check out the pond to see if there were ducks. As we walked to the pond, I noticed the swingsets 100 or so yards away and panicked. Oh, crap. I knew if you saw them, our lovely Saturdays at this park would be ruined forever.

Lucky I saw them just in time. I artfully distracted you and turned us around before you saw them.

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October 10, 2010, 15 months

I look forward to the day where you can make the swing go on your own!

Love,
Mom

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