Sunrise at Osage Beach, Lake of the Ozarks
It's hard to believe, but school is beginning for many students this week. That means summer activities are winding down. Pools will closing in our area around Labor Day. A swimming pool was the place to be this very hot summer.
My childhood home on the farm.
When I was young and growing up on a farm, the swimming pool was about 10 miles away. In those days, my parents were too busy to run their kids to the swimming pool so we made do with what we had...a pond. We were lucky in that the pond that we mostly swam in was located right by our house. This pond wasn't just for swimming and fishing, it was also the source of our drinking water. With a filtering system, of course. We had other larger ponds on the farm and in one of those is where I was bitten not once but twice by a snake. I was a teenager at the time and decided then and there that swimming wasn't as fun as it used to be. I remember those teen years and how I always wanted a great tan, so I would go fishing and stand for hours (it seemed at the time) by the water hoping the reflection of the sun would result in my getting a nice tan. Not. I didn't realize then that fair-skinned people like myself just don't tan that easily.
Back at the pond in the photo above...I'll have to share how I learned to swim. I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone, though. My dad took me out to the middle of the pond and let me go. I flailed about and swallowed some water, but I got those arms and legs moving and made it to the shallow side. After that, I took to the water like a duck. It can't be seen in the photo above, but just to the left was a dock that my older brother built and on the right was a diving board he also made. The dock lasted a long time, the diving board didn't. We also made use of some inner tubes to float on. Ah, the good old summertime. After swimming, we were always hungry and then ready for a nap. Fast forward to today, some things haven't changed. I may not swim much, but I'm always hungry and ready for a nap!!
Until next time...