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early schooling – apple trees for climbing

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When I find an old one room school still standing, there are often apple trees in the yard. I realise these trees may not have existed a century ago, but it makes me think how important trees are to kids. I can imagine, if there was an apple tree or an orchard near the school yard, it would have been a favorite place for the students to play at recess and lunch-time.


Apple trees were made for climbing. And for hanging swings. Perhaps for carving initials. Or shaking loose blossom petals on friends standing beneath the tree.


Lower Queensbury School 2 crop

Lower Queensbury School, York County, New Brunswick


I grew up in a city in the 1960s when authorities considered concrete the best play surface for a school yard. Run and risk a skinned knee. There were monkey bars for climbing, but I find myself wishing my school yard memories included an apple tree with a big horizontal limb.


'antics' May 31, 2016 Jane Tims


Did you have trees to play on where you went to school?


Copyright  Jane Tims  2016 

Written by jane tims

June 1, 2016 at 7:25 am

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