Playground Warriors

“And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever...” Moroni 10:31

“Hope is the dream of a soul awake.” French Proverb

With an active toddler in my life, I have been happily re-introduced to the world of playgrounds. It has been so much fun to relive the sheer pleasure of whizzing down a slide, balancing a teeter totter, and hanging from monkey bars ‘til my armpits hurt. Seeing playgrounds through the eyes of my young daughter has made them all the more exciting.

One of the best parts of becoming reacquainted with playgrounds has been meeting and connecting with other women who are also out with their children or grandchildren. As I speak with women, I never cease to be amazed at how similar our anxieties and passions are regarding children and the world young people face. Topics of conversation can range from allergies to recalls; television shows to flu shots; Sippy cups to nap times; swimming classes to bullying; and online predators to school admissions.

Read the rest of this story at
Comments and feedback can be sent to