Our trampoline is falling apart.

After seven years or so, some of the springs are tearing out of the fabric. Once a few of them go, the strain on their neighbors is too high and a ripple effect takes out the rest of the rim. So we’ve told the kids not to jump on it until we can get it fixed (which may involve buying a new mat).

The funny side effect of this is we haven’t had an army of neighborhood kids in our back yard for the past few days. The trampoline is typically the center of their games– they’re bouncing on it, playing dodgeball, sitting under it in the shade, or just sitting atop it having a popsicle and talking about whatever kids their age do. Without it, I guess they don’t have much to do.

I still maintain it was the best $200 we ever spent. Hopefully we’ll fix it soon.