Daily Prompt: Ode to a Playground
A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.
Growing up I attended Norwood Elementary School for grades 2 – 6. It was less than a one block walk to school, and during the summer vacation and weekends it was also a playground for us. The school is still there and just a few years after I left they built a nice new modern gymnasium that took out some of the playing field. Of course this meant the old gymnasium on the upper level was no longer needed. It became a library, replacing a smaller one elsewhere in the school. I have memories of playing basketball, volleyball and floor hockey in the old gym. It had half walls as the roof started to angle in about five feet from the floor. This of course wasn’t a problem for us then, as we were all less than five feet tall. However it allowed us to be somewhat creative in banking shots and passes off the sloped ceilings. Today the students enjoy a standard gymnasium with full height baskets, proper changing rooms and all the other amenities. But to me that cramped gym was a place to burn off some of that energy. It survives today, with the large windows, overlooking the city and giving lots of natural light to the students.