Dear Mr Playpark, I’m afraid it’s over

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Dear Mr Playpark,

I can’t quite believe the day has come when I am sitting down to write this letter to you. Believe you me, it’s not easy to write. But I feel we can no longer pretend. Things just aren’t as they used to be, and it’s with a heavy heart I’ve realised the time has come for us to consciously uncouple.

Please don’t hate me. I know I’ve been distant recently, but you must believe me when I tell you that this has nothing to do with anybody else. I know you’ve heard the rumours about my dates with Go Ape, but it’s nothing. Nobody could ever replace what we had. I have come to this decision alone.

We’ve had ten good years together. Yes, there have been ups and downs, but mostly happy times.

I will never forget how you saved me all those years ago, when I had nobody else to turn to. I would arrive at your gates at 8am, waiting for you to let me in. Averaging 15 minutes of sleep each night with a newborn and a 20 month old, I was a woman deranged. One minute weeping, the next laughing hysterically like a crazed nutter.

The baby would be screaming. The toddler raring to go. You welcomed us with open arms.

Day after day I would turn up, hoping that you’d still want to see me. Most days I hadn’t seen a shower, same damp baby puke stain on my shoulder, nipples leaking through my sweatshirt, Ella’s Kitchen squirted down my front.

Most would have taken one look at me and run a mile, but you never once turned me away. Never once told me to get a grip. Put some slap on. Comb my hair. You accepted me for who I was, muffin top and all.

We grew closer and the children became more comfortable with you. I stopped wetting my knickers every time they insisted on heading for the stupidly high monkey bars (I would obviously wet my knickers for various other reasons, but that’s just life these days). Why couldn’t they just settle for the little slide?  But you persuaded me to let go, give them freedom.

Then one day, they mastered it. Do you remember that happy day? The relief and pride we both felt.  I no longer had to nervously hover around, sweating profusely, ready to speed dial A&E at any given moment.

And as time went on, I started to wear tinted moisturiser again and wear clean clothes.

You introduced me to some of your friends – fellow mums who have become firm fixtures in my life. I am so grateful for that. Warm balmy afternoons spent sipping wine in Peppa Pig beakers. You never judged. You were just happy for me that I was finding my feet.

And believe you me, I wish things could have gone on in this blissful way. But as the children grew older, I started to resent the time standing in the winter months, freezing my tits off (thankfully not leaking anymore).

I became cold towards you. And for that I am sorry. It wasn’t your fault.

But I knew that the end for us was near when recently one of my children innocently asked to be pushed on the swing for the 157th time and I found myself screeching ‘NOOOOOO! DO IT YOURSELF! I’M TOO BUSY MAKING MYSELF FEEL BAD BY STALKING YOUNG, TONED REALITY STARS ON INSTAGRAM!’

I felt anger and boredom. I am not proud of myself.

Our days were numbered.

I have to think of what’s best for the children and to be honest, the eldest had been getting tired of spending time with you for a while now, as hard as that is for you to hear. She finds you tedious and childish.

The youngest still thinks you’re the dog’s bollocks, and has taken this the hardest. I have promised him this is not a permanent separation. We will still spend time with you, just not every weekend.

I hope you understand. This really is me, not you.

You will always be so dear to my heart, you have given the children and I so much, but I hope you can see that it’s time to move on.

I wish you nothing but the best.

Yours with love,

Mrs S.H.I.T. xx

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  1. Katherine Coyle
    March 13, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    You know I’ve always detested a park even when O and George loved it so its no loss to me…. xxxx

  2. RaisieBay
    March 13, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    I’ve never really been a park lover, well, not since I was about 7 anyway. I always find them boring and tedious and definitely no fun when it’s cold. Of course, there’s not point in me going now I can’t even push a swing. Good job the hubby still likes to take the kids, he always asks if I’d like to go, but you know, there’s always something really pressing I really really need to do at home instead.

  3. March 13, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Fab post. Very clever. ☺ we are only at the start of our relationship with Mr Playpark. Hoping we have many years of happiness ????

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 15, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you. It sounds like you have a healthy relationship wtih Mr Pp at the moment, so long may it continue. You’ll know when the time has come to end things. Thx for commenting x

  4. March 13, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Made me chuckle this! Great post #postsfromtheheart

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 15, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      Thx for reading and commenting. Glad it gave you a giggle #postsfromtheheart

  5. March 13, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Hahaha, I love the picture at the end! Did you get any odd looks from people when that was being taken?!
    My little one isn’t quite old enough for a playground yet, but I can see me having a similar love/hate relationship in the not too distant future! #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 15, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      My eldest daughter actually took it for me – luckily it was a very quiet day with Mr Playpark so nobody was around to wonder what on earth I was doing! Thx for commenting #postsfromtheheart x

  6. March 14, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    I love this post so much. The park is my idea of torture, and I often feel I deprive my children by going less than I should. Luckily the Other Half is a fan, so he makes up for it! Thank you so much for sharing this letter with us at #PostsFromTheHeart

  7. March 14, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Lol must admit I don’t miss all the ‘can you push me mummy” moments very much! My times spent in a park now is for watching my youngest boy play football come rain or shine!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 15, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Agree, the ‘can you push me mummy’ moments just got too much! Watching football sounds a better option for sure. Thx for commenting x

  8. suzanna
    March 15, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Oh, you made me laugh with this brilliant post. I’m sure Mr Playpark will understand you’re moving on.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 15, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Glad it made you smile Suzanna – I bet I’ll be back in his arms before I know it! thx for commenting #bloggerclubuk

  9. March 16, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Love the post and photos! I think we are still in the early park days. My eldest is almost 4 but never goes on the swings so I’ve yet to experience the can you push me again phase. I do hate the park when it’s cold though.

      • Susie | So Happy In Town
        March 20, 2017 / 9:13 pm

        Thx for reading Claire.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 16, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      You’re so lucky you get to avoid the swings! If only….Spring is in the air so Mr Playpark should warm up soon. Thx for reading and commenting #postsfromtheheart x

  10. March 16, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Omg this had me in stitches !!! I love it !!! I’ve had the same relationship over and over, my eldest is 14, then 8 and now I have one at 21 months … So just as I say goodbye the other one finds the love for Mr play park ! Oscar adores our local, the mums sit with cans of G&T at the weekends, we all know the score !! #bloggerclubuk

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 16, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Cans of g&t’s is genius – I love it! Yup, looks like you’ll have to stick with Mr Playpark for a while yet – could be a long standing relationship this one! Thx for commenting x #bloggerclubuk

  11. March 16, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    hahaha, brilliant. Love the photos! #brilliantblogposts

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 16, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks! My daughter took the pics – luckily the park was very empty so we didn’t get many strange looks! #brillblogposts x

  12. March 16, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    So very funny and true. You are wonderful with words Susie. Unlike you, I have to say I feel no guilt! Nor do I miss the soft play one single bit. Maybe I’m a bit of a user! Not to put too finer point on it – more of an over user perhaps. I feel more aligned with the soft play than the park though. I so remember the climbing frames and slides, how we all stood holding our arms out to our treasured toddlers, terrified of how high they were. They generally only had 3 steps and I laugh when I look back. It felt so reckless at the time! Thanks for coming back to #TweensTeensBeyond and making me smile again Nicky

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 16, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks Nicky, so glad you liked it. I’m guessing I’ll be back in Mr P’s arms at some point in the not too distant future! You’re so right though, the climbing frames all seem so terrifying when they’re little don’t they, but they seem tiny now. Mr Soft play – well, that’s another story entirely! I gave him the heave-ho years ago! Thx for reading and commenting. It’s a great new linky x #tweensteensbeyond

      • March 17, 2017 / 1:14 pm

        This really made me laugh! Great post #postsfromtheheart

        • Susie | So Happy In Town
          March 20, 2017 / 9:10 pm

          Thanks for reading Ruth, and glad it made you chuckle. x

  13. March 17, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Baha brilliant…already worried for this day to come. We were in our local park earlier. I need my swing quota. Stalking instagram stars made me lol x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Thx Vicki, glad the toned insta reality stars made you laugh! Sounds like you and Mr Playpark are still getting on fine, so long may that continue! Thx for commenting xx

  14. March 17, 2017 / 12:27 am

    This really made me laugh! I’m not a big park lover but I suspect I will be learning to love it over the next few years…! #postsfromtheheart

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Lauren, glad it made you laugh. Just you wait, you’ll be there everyday before you know it! Good luck! x

  15. March 17, 2017 / 7:49 am

    This is genius. Truly.
    I, too, have been forever grateful for the parks that we visit. Some of my children have outgrown the parks, but I have about 4 or 5 who still really enjoy going. It will be a sad, sad day for me when my youngest (now only 3 years old) will no longer want to go to the park. But I’m thinking, you know what? When he’s decided parks are no fun anymore, I bet I will have a few grandchildren by that time! Perhaps my park days will never, ever be over….

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Sounds like you may never ever grow apart from Mr Playpark and will be in each other’s lives forever, which is a lovely thought! Thx for reading and commenting x

  16. March 17, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Susie we have a play park on our road and literally only yesterday I walked past with my youngest and said out loud the words “Thank goodness those days are over!” Of course that is until my godchildren turn up and beg Auntie Jo to push them on the swings, which of course I do with gritted teeth and a hipflask! Cheers. Thanks for joining us again. Same time next week. #TweensTeensBeyond

  17. March 17, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    This is so clever and it hits a nerve with me. My youngest is 11 now and goes to the park without me so we’ll call that shared custody to keep the analogy going! Isn’t funny how places come into our lives, become such a big deal and then leave. Thanks so much for joining us at #TweensTeensBeyond we really appreciate your support.

  18. March 17, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I never really had great relationships with play parks because it’s such a long walk from our house with little legs and I felt like a fraud DRIVING to one. But I probably should have done it more ‘cos now that stage is over I think I didn’t do it enough – Oh listen to me, I am fishing around for an excuse for some mum guilt!!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 20, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Mum guilt is there lurking on every corner! Do NOT feel mum guilt about the play park – think you made a sensible decision! Thx for reading and commenting x

  19. randommusings29
    March 18, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Love this, really made me laugh! I can imagine sitting on a park bench in the cold isn’t a whole lot of fun!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  20. March 19, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I feel for you.It must be like a death in the family. I hope Go Ape has filled some sort of gap in your life #postsfromtheheart

  21. March 21, 2017 / 2:02 am

    Awesome post…thanks for the chuckle!!! Now gonna google play parks in Bangkok 🙂 #GlobalBlogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 21, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Hope you find some good ones! Thx for reading and commenting #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 21, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Hope you find some good ones! Thx for reading and commenting #globalblogging

  22. March 23, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I was such a park lover when I was a kid! My Mom couldn’t take me back home without force:D I love that post thanks for sharing it with #GlobalBlogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 23, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Thx for reading! To be honest, I found myself back in his arms this weekend and the two youngest kids were loving it! thx for commenting x

  23. March 30, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Such clever writing!! I know my kids love the park ,for me however, it is as follows…. Trying to keep my eyes on 4 kids making sure they are behaving, not talking to strangers, falling off swings and then giving them all a push every 2 seconds. I leave needing a bottle or two of wine just to destress….. ARG!!! Not my favourite relationship I must admit! 🙂 Thanks for sharing #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      How do you do it wtih 4 kids? I’m not surprised your relationship with Mr Playpark is strained! Thx for commenting x

  24. Mom Of Two Little Girls
    June 2, 2017 / 7:55 am

    haha … love your sense of humour. I loathe playparks that require parental participation! Just leave me and my phone in peace!
    As you saw, I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Happy Friyay!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 3, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Glad you’re in the loathing of playparks camp too! And huge thank you for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award – that made my day! xxxx

      • Mom Of Two Little Girls
        June 4, 2017 / 5:52 am

        My pleasure x

  25. Sarah Bella
    June 7, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Great post! Really great writing. My youngest is 9 years old and still likes the park but I doubt it’s going to last much longer. I don’t like sitting around in the cold but I certainly will miss our park visits when they come to an end (Won’t miss t he cold though! Nor will I miss the 937589 swing pushes and pushing that round-about around and around) x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 9:32 am

      The cold is one of the worst bits – I don’t really mind if it’s a scorching day (cause we get so many of those in this country) and I can sit on the bench just relaxing, but it’s the swing pushing that gets me too. I hope you can eek a bit more time out of the playpark seeing as you’ve not split up yet like me and Mr Playpark. Thx for reading x

  26. June 9, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    hahaha!!! this is brilliantly written but my fav bit is the photos!! Fantastic!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Thank you. My daughter took them and she kept saying “Quick Mummy, what if someone sees us? They’ll think you’re so strange!” Thx for reading x

  27. June 10, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Noooooooo! That park has been so kind to you and this is how you repay it?! It sounds like some time apart, time to remember the good times, to reflect, all of that will make the heart grow fonder. You will be begging for a second chance with park, mark my words 😉 #FridayFrolics

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 9:18 am

      I do find myself back with him from time to time, I admit it. Usually after a period away, when I remember all the happy memories. But within 15 minutes, the same old doubts creep back in and I realise that our days are well and truly numbered. Thx for commenting xx

  28. June 10, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Great post! We never really go to the same parks, we have 1 park which is more popular because its closer but we always try to go different places, sometimes driving over 10 miles! I love the park personally <3 #sharewithme

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 8:50 am

      I’m very impressed that you explore different playparks. Maybe that’s where it all went wrong with Mr Playpark for me – I was too loyal to him until he became dull beyond belief. Thx for commenting xx

  29. June 12, 2017 / 10:07 am

    I’m still at the phone poised for A&E stage with my youngest. Love this post Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      The never ending nerve wracking A&E situ…your nerves are in tatters after a trip aren’t they? Thx for reading, glad you enjoyed it x

  30. June 12, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Yes I too have this kind of relationship with the park – although missed out on the wine in peppa pig cups damn it! Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

  31. June 12, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    We’re still fans here, although mostly by us it’s for bike riding and scooting as our local equipment isn’t the best.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Bike riding and scooting is the way forward, but I’m glad you’re not out of love with the Playpark yet. x

  32. December 18, 2017 / 6:12 am

    This is so brilliant! Well done. ????

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      December 18, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you lovely! It was a fun one to write! x

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