Flickr photo by OakleyOriginalsMy 7-year-old keeps asking if we can "get a tree" in our yard so that he can climb it. He doesn't quite understand that only time can bring you a good climbing tree. Unfortunately, our backyard planting area is really tiny, and our front yard's 3-year-old oak and maple saplings are growing as fast as they can.
I guess we're going to have to find an honorary climbing tree so my son can enjoy this critical childhood activity.
I loved climbing trees when I was a kid. I used to climb our front yard trees with bare feet and get all scraped up on my legs. It was totally worth it. My friend and I played up there for hours in our imaginary treehouse. We laughed and told secrets and stories and made things up. We carved our names (and boys' names) way up in the branches.
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Flickr photo by martinhowardWere you a tree-climber as a child? Are your kids tree-climbers?