Sitting on this park bench, watching the young children playing on the colourful play equipment brings back memories of my own childhood.

I was about six at the time when the council decided to convert an old junk yard to a playground. At the time the closest park with a playground was so far away I had to catch the bus there. Imagine my excitement when I found out that there was going to be a playground around the corner!

I remember my mother telling me to calm down because I was so jumpy with anticipation. Everyday after school I would take the scenic route home just so I could walk past the construction site. I wasn't the only one either, a lot of the time there were other children who were just as excited. Each day there was something new there, a new swing, or the addition of a sand pit.

One day I rode my bike past the construction site and I wasn't watching where I was riding and crashed into a stoby pole. I sprained my ankle and had to use crutches to walk. The playground was open to the public before I could walk again. It doesn't sound so bad now but at the time it was probably the most disappointing thing to happen. I would watch with envy at the other children having a great time on the playground while I was stuck with the crutches. Of course, after what seemed like forever I was able to walk again and I could play on the playground. From that day on I've been more careful when I ride the bike and later when I learnt to drive.

That was a long time ago and since the playground has been replaced with the new colourful playground that I'm watching my children play on. They're having just as much fun as I once had when I was their age.


Author's note:

I didn't get a particularly good mark for this particular essay, not because of the way I wrote it but because I didn't have enough. The task was to write a 'Personal Reflection' based on a photo that she gave us.

Accordingly, a personal reflection requires the telling of more than one incident but nevertheless I decided against editing it further for posting up. Sort of to keep along the lines of what I've already done so far.

Either way I hoped you liked it.