Saturday, August 05, 2006

Oasis in the Desert

Four months ago we dug a hole in our backyard with hopes that it would someday become a swimming pool. Week after week we watched through the back windows as it progressed, far too slowly for our taste. Some weeks we celebrated the changes but others we simply stared, hoping that work would resume soon.

Yesterday, after months of anticipation, a dream came true for our family and we swam, for the first time, in our very own swimming pool. Although many would say that a swimming pool is a necessity for those living in the desert, we know that it is actually a great luxury, no matter where you live.

We are grateful, humbled and filled with joy to have this shimmering gem in our yard and look forward to many happy hours of family time within it.

Here are the children just before splashing in for the first time (socks on because the plaster is not fully cured). That was yesterday afternoon at 4pm. The pool has hardly been empty during daylight since. I hope they understand the gift they have. Here's to healthy activity...and safety always!


Amy Parris said...

Ooh! I'm so jealous! I love to swim and so do my kids. They eat better and sleep better after splashing around. To have one in my own backyard would be a dream come true.

It looks great. Have fun.

Suzanne Di Silvestri said...

Thanks, Amy. That's just what it is, a dream. It is just what active kids need and to have it so easily accessible is nothing but a pleasure. We are truly blessed.