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THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW YOU GRANDKIDS GOT YOUR PLAY-SET....AS A BOY ON THE FARM, PoP ALWAYS WANTED A TREE HOUSE, BUT NEVER QUITE MANAGED TO GET THAT DONE. HE AND HIS COUSINS CLIMBED TREES ALL THE TIME....EVEN CARVED THEIR INITIALS IN SOME.....
THEN WHEN HE AND GG RETIRED TO THE HERNANDO HOUSE, HE QUICKLY DECIDED THAT THE BACKYARD TREE HAD A COUPLE OF LIMBS THAT WOULD MAKE A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR (by age) WILL, ASHLEY, ABBY, OWEN, MAGGIE, AND DREW A FINE TREE-HOUSE...

HERE IS WHAT HE BUILT IN ALL ITS RICKETY GLORY.....THE 'TENANTS DID NOT LIKE THE SHAKEY ALUMINUM LADDER....SO WITHIN A MONTH, HE HAD BUILT THE WOODEN ONE...(NOTICE THE SUPPORT BEAM THAT WAS ADJUSTABLE UP AND DOWN....PRETTY GOOD ENGINEERING, HUH?)...BUT, AT FIRST, IT HAD NO SIDEWALLS FOR SAFETY, AND 'GG' SOON HAD THAT TAKEN CARE OF.....




IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE PoP HAD A BIGGER AND BETTER IDEA.....WHY NOT BUY A REAL PLAYSET WITH A FORT....SWINGS...TRAPEZE BAR...LADDER....ROCK WALL...? HE AND 'GG' WENT TO MEMPHIS AND LOOKED AT SOME AT A COUPLE OF PLACES....FINALLY, PoP GOT ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND THE KIDS CREATION SITE IN KANSAS...HE SPOKE WITH THEM....GOT ON HIS COMPUTER AND 'ASSEMBLED' WHAT HE WANTED INCLUDED IN HIS PLAY SET AND WITH GREAT JOY HIT THE 'BUY' BUTTON....IN THE PIC BELOW THERE IS THEIR CATALOG AND A COPY OF HIS 'TESTIMONY' TO THE COMPANY THAT APPEARS ON THEIR WEBSITE TO THIS DAY...MAY 2016...


THE FINAL PIECE OF THE PLAN WAS TO FIND AND PUT IN PLACE A SURFACE THAT WOULD KEEP OUR 'GRANDS' SAFE SHOULD THEY FALL (NOTHING IS TOO GOOD FOR THEM, DON'T YA SEE?)....AGAIN, THROUGH THE INTERNET HE LOCATED A COMPANY, DIAMOND SAFETY CONCEPTS IN CALIFORNIA AND SPOKE WITH THIS MAN, BOB....MADE HIS DECISION, AND HIT THE OLD 'BUY' BUTTON FOR 2200 POUNDS OF GREEN RUBBER MULCH...(THEY DIDN'T MAKE IT IN MAROON, ERGO THE GREEN).


THEN BEGAN THE WAITING FOR DELIVERY, FIRST, OF THE PLAY SET AND THEN THE RUBBER MULCH.....AS THE NEXT PICS SHOW, OLD DOMINION TRUCK LINE DELIVERED THE PLAY SET, INCLUDING CARRYING EVERY PIECE TO THE BACK YARD DRIVEWAY...(I DON'T REMEMBER WHO BROUGHT THE RUBBER MULCH, BUT DO REMEMBER IT WAS ON PALLETS IN 50 POUND BAGS AND I HAD TO CARRY IT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL....COULDN'T DO IT NOW!)


PoP COULD HARDLY WAIT TO GET STARTED.....INSPIRED BY VISIONS OF HIS WONDERFUL 'GRANDS', HE WORKED PRETTY MUCH NON-STOP UNTIL IT WAS COMPLETED....CREDIT MUST BE GIVEN TO THE MAIN SUPERVISOR OF THIS LABOR OF LOVE.....'GG' WAS AN EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF TROUBLE AS IT SLOWLY TOOK SHAPE.....




ON THE FOURTH DAY IT WAS FINISHED (EXCEPT FOR THE MULCH WHICH WOULD COME LATER) AND ALL IT NEEDED WERE GRANDKIDS WITH THEIR SOUNDS OF LAUGHTER....SO...HERE IS THE BEST PART OF IT ALL....THESE PICS ARE PRETTY MUCH GOING BY BIRTH ORDER, WITH SEVERAL FOR EACH 'GRAND'....WATCH THEM GO AND GROW!!!!










A COUPLE OF MISCELLANEOUS PICS...WITH THE FINAL ONE BEING THE LAST TIME ALL SIX WERE AT THE PLAYSET TOGETHER ON MOTHER'S DAY 2013....WHERE DID THE TIME GO????


ALL STORIES COME TO AN END AND ALL GOOD STORIES NEED A HAPPY ENDING....PoP AND GG's 'GRANDS' HAD OUTGROWN THE NEED FOR THE PLAY SET....AND PLAY SETS GET LONELY WHEN NOT BEING USED... THEY LONG TO HEAR THE LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN...TO FEEL THE HANDS AND FEET OF 'PLAYERS' ON ITS ROPES...LADDERS..SWINGS..BARS.....
WHEN MIKE AND NELL MARIE WELCOMED THEIR TRIPLETS...MICHAEL, MASON, AND KATE....PoP AND 'GG' KNEW THE PLAY SET HAD A WONDERFUL FUTURE...A NEW GENERATION OF CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY WHO COULD/WOULD USE IT AND KEEP IT LIVING, BREATHING..GIVING JOY. THE FOLLOWING PICS TELL THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE 'STORY'... FIRST THE DISMANTLING....THEN THE LOADING FOR TRIP TO NEW HOME....FINALLY THE JOY-FILLED SIGHT OF 3 PRECIOUS CHILDREN WRITING NEW CHAPTERS AND KEEPING PoP'S BIG PLAY SET ADVENTURE GOING....



HERE'S KATE, MICHAEL, AND MASON....YOU'LL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT MICHAEL AND MASON....PoP HASN'T A CLUE....


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