When my brother and I both learned to swim, probably at the age of 10 or 12, we got a big surprise. Dad took us just 2 miles from our small farm and took us to the local "swimming hole" that we did not know existed. He wanted us to know how to swim first - there were dangers. When you got into 4' of water it suddenly went to 15' of water had a sharp drop off. After a few visits and dad was sure we were safe he sat us down and gave us good news. We could go to the swimming hole by ourselves!! Wow was that special! Almost every day through the summer we would go. We could take the tractor or ride the horses! We preferred the horses - because we would play tag on horse back in the water! Every once in awhile the horses would go right off the drop off! If you have never rode bareback on a swimming horse - it was cool!
This past Tuesday I went to the old "swimming hole". A man with his kids was fishing but the access to the swimming hole was now closed - I was disappointed! I wanted one more dip!
Life has had many changes - some good, some disappointing. Tuesday, I got back in the car, disappointed, but thankful for the memories and thanking God for his blessings. And His protection as a kid.