This past weekend, Nelson and I took Oscar to a playground in our old neighborhood, about two miles from where we live now.
The last time we were there was maybe five or six years ago and we were running our remote control hovercraft over the basketball court. We couldn't remember what the playground equipment looked like at all, and being as Oscar wasn't even a twinkle in our eyes yet, we had no reason to ever notice.
We were pleasantly surprised. The equipment was nice, not more than a few years old, and there was a play gym specifically for toddlers and one specifically for elementary aged kids.
We spent most of our time over at the toddler play gym, but decided to go over to the big kid gym so Nelson could take Oscar down the tall slides.
And that's where we encountered it. Playground graffiti.
"Toy Story 2 was OK!" It wasn't awesome, it didn't suck; it was just ok. I like this piece of graffiti. It's honest and to the point, but not without enthusiasm. No mincing words here. Just a child-about-town's review of the film.
"Spider Women was Hera." Appropriately, this piece of graffiti was found on the rock climbing wall, because where else would Spider Women be playing? Notice that there was not one Spider Woman but MULTIPLE Spider Women. Note the charming improper use of "was" for "were." And likening Spider Women to Hera, queen of the gods, is quite clever. Clearly this tagger is an amateur, but I think she has real potential.
I've been to my fair share of playgrounds but this is the first authentic graffiti I've seen. I like it - these are kids with a message. They have something to say and they're gonna say it.
I like it. I'll be on the look out for more.