Friday, November 07, 2014

Repurposing Yet Again

One thing I love about our family is how we can repurpose something and make it feel so special. Living in places where there aren't materials needed to make something or else no store to buy it at has made us pretty resourceful. I enjoy watching Sojo take pleasure out of something handmade and slightly wonky versus something purchased from a store.

Enter our latest project--the "new" basketball hoop outside our house. We noticed this awesome hoop set back in a little alcove down the street away from the houses, but we also noticed that no one has been using it. Well, except for one of our dear middle school boys who carries a basketball with him wherever he goes, and he takes a shot on the way back to school after lunch.

Dale and I decided to drag it back to our house and see if anyone said anything. We also asked a few neighbors to see if maybe it was theirs, but their kids had grown up and moved out or something. One neighbor laughed and said he and his friends had dragged it from another area on camp years ago, so we felt ok about repositioning it.

And what a hit it has been. From Sojo practicing her shots to tons of games of Horse with us to it now being the hangout place in the area for kids of all ages to come and have a good time, it's downright perfect. Just one more reason why this place reminds me of my own childhood. We played in the street all the time growing up. I distinctly remember moving out of the way when cars came up the road, only to start right back up again when they left.

And the diversity in this community is downright dreamy for me as a parent. In this photo alone, there are 5 nationalities represented with two more on the sidelines of the photo. So cool.

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