This is an example of a time lapse shown by a cartooning technique. I am sure that most of you are aware that when you have the kids swinging forward together and then swinging back together, you expect in the very next swing they will probably still be swinging forward together and not at opposites ends of their swings. What Lynn Johnston likes to do on occasion is stretch a thought or a sentence over a period of time, so you might see a character start a sentence inside a house, only to finish it outdoors driving in the car. In this case, it is a little more subtle. Lizzie says, “Listen Christopher,” she allows for enough time to pass so that Christopher can actually listen, and then she follows up with “Our swings are singing different songs!” The way you know time has passed is because their swings are now separated when she says it.
A song I haven’t heard in a long, long time….Yet I can hear it in my mind now.
A nice technique she uses.
More real playground memories…I remember the sound and feel of the swings, I remember the pinch of the u-shaped seats, the thump of a loose pole, the sense that I could fly over the top if I pumped hard enough. No wonder you see so many grandparents pushing youngsters on park swings; it’s a way for us to go back in time!
The swings of my youth, have been replaced by the hammocks of retirement.
When I was in grade school, the object was to go as high as you could and then bail out!One girl tried that and her skirt caught on the swing!