In this day and age of public liability insurance nightmares and larger than life lawsuits it was refreshing to see the main attraction in a playground at Brisbane’s Southbank Parklands – a tree. Not just any old tree, a very old tree, I’m guessing several hundred years old.
I should start by saying that jumping is done under supervision. At high tide. The drop is less than three metres. No diving is allowed. As in so much in life, the spectre is far scarier than the reality. And so the kids take their turn.
How often do we jump as adults, or swing, or hang upside down, do a handstand, even cartwheel? So how seldom do we squeal, giddy with excitement, or experience our stomach in our mouth, without fear, just with that funny feeling of butterflies flitting joyfully around our insides? And how rarely do we feel as though we might fly, actually … Read More