Thursday, July 1, 2010

Joys of a Tree Swing

Tree Swing
by Mitch White

(Sung to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Swing, swing, swing your feet
Then you point your toes
Lean, lean, lean on back
Pull your legs in close

Hold, hold, hold on tight
Tightly to the rope
Grip, grip, grip it right
Never let it go

Spin, spin, spin around
Pull your feet back in
Slow, slow, slow it down
Point your toes again

Smile, smile, smile real wide
Swinging on your swing
Laugh, laugh, laugh inside
Life is but a dream.

Ah, the simple pleasures of life! This poem-put-to-music brings back so many childhood physical responses and memories of swinging in a wonderful tree swing which my grandfather built for my sister and me. No backyard swing set or city park chain swings could compare with Grandpa’s tree swing. Below is a picture of my younger sister – still so young that she needed Daddy to push her - enjoying that amazing swing.

For an excellent “How to Build a Tree Swing”, go to:
I can hardly wait to construct a tree swing for my future grandchildren!

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

~ Robert Louis Stevenson


  1. Nice post today.lovely swing !! and cute song.............happy summer Ria...

  2. Cassandra, I just love that photo of your sister and father...just priceless!!

    There is nothing like a long hanging feels just grand when you are on a swing like that:)


  3. I always wanted a tree swing and then one day when I went to vist my grandad he had made me one - thankyou so much for helping me to remember this as until I had read this post I had forgotten all about his tree swing.

  4. I love your sisters smile! the little song is lovely.My son told me it was very hot in Washington, yesterday he was invited to the Cosmos club by some lawyers and he enjoyed the meal!!! tomorow he will go to the parade , concerts and fireworks! Enjoy your day tomorow!!!

  5. Love that first picture. Oh how I would love to have a tree swing. And not just for my little one! I'm hoping some day soon we will finally have a tree large enough.

    Thanks for leaving your sweet comment on my blog. I agree there is something special about Indiana squirrels. We moved here from Miami and the squirrels there are nothing short of sad!

  6. That is sweet. Thanks for reminding me the swing set when I was little. Swing, swing, swing higher and higher.


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