#748 That feeling in your stomach when you go really high on the swings

Because now you’re finally tall and can look down at the world below you. Gone are those constant views of ankles, coffee table legs, and your family cat’s hollow, piercing eyes. Now you’re zooming up and over gardens, sandlots, and your baby brother’s distant, fading cries.

Stomach gushing, adrenaline rushing, it’s your first taste of the high life.



Close your eyes and feel the windPhoto from: here

56 thoughts on “#748 That feeling in your stomach when you go really high on the swings

  1. I think this is one of my favorites so far. I remember that feeling so well.
    Runner-ups would be the feeling of going over a small hill in a car, or the first drop in a roller coaster.

    1. I absolutely LOVE that stomach feeling on a rollercoaster, but its the rollercoaster itself I can’t stand, for some reason!

  2. Ugh, not awesome for me. I hate that feeling. Hills, swings, planes taking off or landing, don’t even ask me if I want to go on a roller coaster. Blech!

  3. As scared as I am of heights and roller coasters, I love that feeling of swinging really high — sort of scary, sort of exciting. It’s wonderful. I wish I was on a swing right now instead of at my desk…

    1. Yeah, I think you totally nailed it, Positively Present. It is a weird and exhilarating feeling of scary and exciting shaken together in a paint can.

      1. Neil, i think YOU totally nailed it. Short and sweet article, it was AWESOME!
        That feeling is pretty cool/unpleasant/pleasant/ticklish/butterflies all in one go. Especially when you go on this pretty fast ferris wheel where you can spin the cages around that we have at one show here :D my friend and i crack up because she thinks it tickles, so laughs, then i laugh because she is laughing ridiculously! XD ahhh, good times <3

  4. When I was a kid, and you’d get someone to push you, and push you, and then one time, run completely under you while pushing you, to get you really high, we called that an “under-doggy”. And those were highly coveted on the playground, because at that very moment, you were higher than ANYONE else.


    1. Under-doggies were awesome, Freddo. Great call, I completely forgot about those. As for my ‘king of the playground high’, I always enjoyed chilling out on the little patch of wood at the top of the slide. Go ahead, kids. Feel free to slide down past me. I’m just going to enjoy the view for a while.

    2. We called ’em run-unders. “C’mon, give me a run-under!”

      My eldest was about 3 when I took a steep short incline in the car a bit fast, resulting in swing-tummy. Or as she called it, looking at me and smiling: “Funny peepee!” Which, of course, passed into the Family Lexicon.

    1. Leave it to Cooktine to bring this back to video games. Usually I enjoy the ‘falling’ feeling in Mario Kart when I slip into the abyss beside Rainbow Road.

    2. I get that drop-of-the-stomach feeling too when I play certain video games. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

  5. Does anybody remember “the bumps?”

    When a couple of kids we swinging really high, and they were synchronized, sometimes the rear feet of the swingset would start to lift out of the ground, and then come down again with a ‘bump.’

    It was really something to brag about, if you and a friend achieved ‘the bumps.’

    It was only backyard swingsets that did this, the public ones with concrete footings would never budge.

  6. I remmeber that feeling when I was younger and use to go on the swings all the time. My stomach felt like it dropped. It was fun though. I liked it.

  7. I remember sort of hating this when I was a kid. But now that my daughter is old enough to swing, I hop right onto one and show her what swinging high REALLY looks like. The feeling is weird, but swinging is too much fun.

    1. Ha ha, I love the way you put that. “I show here what swinging high REALLY looks like.”

      Martin, I totally picture you with a devilish grin on your face jumping on the swings and just zooming way, way up to the sky, maybe flipping right over the thing.

      Then you get off, sweating, panting, and you point back at the swing and go “THAT’S what I’m talking about”

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  10. ohSanFran.com:TheHappinessProject-Swings!
    Oh what a wonderful feeling! I pretend I’m flying high above the mountains. I ask questions and “the answers are blowing in the wind.”
    I love to spider-ride with my grand-children.
    I love to see their eyes twinkle like stars.
    I love swings!

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  12. I love this one!!
    I was obsessed with my swings as a kid. I used to swing out there in my back yard singing all my favourite Disney movie songs at the top of my lungs! Lol!

    If I walk by any swing now I hop right on! I’m only 30 so I’m still a big kid! :)

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