Nearly a month ago, a quick moving storm with strong mainline winds peeled off the metal roof of our neighbor’s outbuilding. The 500-pound steel I-beam catapulted over the fence and crashed through our less-than-a-year-old playset. It completely crushed the side with the swings and left a sizable crater in the yard, as if mini meteor had bowled through. . The playhouse and slide stayed intact, but the structural integrity has been compromised, so we’re not sure if it’s salvageable. . Today, Madilyn asked if she could paint the playhouse. And she wanted to invite her neighbor friends to help her do it. . They. had. a. blast. . Had it not been damaged, I don’t know that I would have let them loose with their paint brushes. . I realize now that would have been the bigger tragedy. ?

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