2017-01-18 - Big Splash
After a long weekend, and the first part of the next one discombobulated by snowfall, I eased slowly into the cool pool at the gym set for a relaxing time of swimming. Nearly immediately, I heard the walloping sound of the return of the person in the next lane bursting toward me from the other end of the pool. He had some of those swim paddles to use with your hands. On one side of me was someone using them calmly, and the prior-mentioned swim mate was making a big splash all the way down the pool. It reminded me of getting passed by a jet ski on the lake while in an inner tube, and I was quite relieved I had my goggles with me. A big splash can actually be fun, in the right context.
I was trying to find a positive spin on what became less relaxing, and I thought about people in my life I have known whose personalities were such they made a big splash whenever they were around. One is a dear friend who has always made the simplest things so much fun, from a sleepover as teenagers and now talking about our lives as grown women, and her with beautiful grandchildren. She never fails to make me laugh, and it’s always at a time when we both can use it. Another friend is someone I have known awhile, with us having daughters the same age. She has a great smile, hugs really hard, and we are two chicks who love to talk about football and yell at the TV during a game. We are getting to know each other better with the kids grown, and it’s a blessing. The other that popped into my head was my Uncle David. He recently passed away after a rather short battle with illness, but he wasn’t the sort of man to dwell on such things. What comes to mind with him is boisterous laughter and joy, abounding in any way possible, each day of his life. It doesn’t mean he didn’t have rough times and days, because he had plenty of them. But he never stopped from sharing a kind word, a hug or a big splash of laughter - his specialty, by the way. I am so grateful for all of the people who have brought a big splash of God to my life and my heart. He knows what I need, and without my even having to ask, he gives it to me. But just in case “I’ll take a big splash of you anytime, Pop.”
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:5)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted