I went hiking yesterday with my two youngest children. We were at the YMCA where their older brother was taking karate lessons. We wondered down to the pond which is on the grounds and I took a small hike down memory lane.
As I looked at this pond, I was taken back over thirty-five years to a time before the YMCA existed. This was known as Deer Path Park and this pond, now reshaped a bit, was where I took swimming lessons.
A dock jutted out from where this photograph was taken and you can still see some pylons in the background. The little shed was where the gear was kept. I remember how icy cold the water felt on those early summer days. We were taught to splash water on ourselves to get used to it. How I hated that cold water.
As I got older there were many rural ponds, lakes, and rivers that I swam in. This is where it all started.
As we continued on our adventure, I reflected back on that time with a smile in my heart. Those were good days.
Do you have memories like these that warm your heart?