At five o’clock, I walk to the park alone, without my soccer ball. There is nobody else there. I head over to the playground and sit on the swings, hiding in the warmth of my beanie.
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This is the swing set at Bernard and Cody's training reserve. After getting knocked out while playing his first ever game for the Tidal Waves, Bernard sits on the swing to let his emotions go. As he comes down from the highest point of the backward swing, Bernard feels the wind wipe away his tears.
When Cody finds Bernard at the park, he talks to him about the game and how Cody's first game was also a disaster.
This is actually the swing set at the local park a few blocks away from my old house. I can remember many conversations happening while swinging on these very swings, and, in fact, many other swings at other playgrounds. This particular piece of playground equipment just seems to encourage meaningful dialogue.
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