May 30, 2018, marked the 8th year since I’ve become a proud, Long Island homeowner.
You see, I am a statistic. I grew up as a statistic. I was the youngest of three children raised by a single mother. I’m a female, and also a minority, so never in a million years did this city kid ever think it’d be possible to have obtained all the amazing things that I currently have in my life. This home included.
I have a love-hate relationship with my 1965 ranch style home. By all means, it’s not much. Meaning, it’s not a looker like most of the fabulously decked-out homes in my neighborhood.
For heaven’s sake, it still has its original bathroom + kitchen. It’s a little broken here and there, BUT IT’S MINE, and I’m gosh-damn proud of that.
There’s a story about this swing set.
Not long after signing the closing doc’s and getting our key, the very first thing that was purchased was this swing set. At the time, we had a 16-month-old, but even then, I KNEW that it would be one of the most-used pieces of furniture to make its way onto the property. And, boy was I right!
Over the years, I’ve watched my littles grow up playing in our backyard. Not just having fun, but building a sisterhood. They’ve shared many laughs & giggles, secrets & make-believe games, pain & tears – you name it and they’ve done it ALL on this swing set.
This picture was taken during the 3rd week of me doing The Tiny Story Society (formerly known as The Preservation Project). I wanted to tell a story about this playset and the significant role it’s played in mine (and my children’s) life over the years. I’m making a video to really capture the essence of it, but THIS.PICTURE.IS.EVERYTHING to me!
The swing set itself is on its last leg, but I’m so glad that we’ll have this picture printed + hung on our walls to remember all the fun times had while playing on it. This photo is Iconic to me because it encompasses many years of togetherness.
I especially love the bare patches of grass directly under their seats: proof they really loved this swingset.
This Iconic photo + story was contributed by Eboni Rivera
About Eboni Rivera: “I’m hugger” is what you’ll hear the very first time we meet. I’ve got a really big smile and greet people with a kiss on the cheek because shaking hands just feels way too formal. Over the years, I’ve practiced a variety of photography genres. I remain true to my photography voice by shooting what speaks to my heart (forget about labels). I think the best photographs are the ones with a story behind it – the kind that immediately brings you back to that specific time and place, no matter how long ago it happened. For me, it’s all about the memories and feelings of nostalgia that you get when you look back on your photographs that make them so incredibly special.