You can’t imagine how excited my husband and I are that it is Memorial Day weekend! Of course this holiday is quite significant in its meaning, but it is also the first long weekend after almost three months. What’s more, it marks the reopening of our beloved quarry swim club. Later today we will create a picnic lunch and drive 15 mins to this most idyllic place; a fully spring fed lake created from a quarry hole dating back to 1928. Actually, when I think of it, the swim club represents a lot of sweet memories for us, and obviously for many other people in the area.
The 55 foot deep quarry swim hole is surrounded by rock cliffs and a lovely park-like setting of grass and mature trees full of a variety of birds. Right next to the swim hole lives a green heron who keeps watch over the happy swimmers. In the woodsy park, birds range from robins to blue jays to cardinals happily flying from tree to tree.
To my husband, the swim hole represents peace and serenity. Nothing thrills him more than a “dip” and long swim around its perimeter. When he’s not sprawled out on a towel on the soft green grass he’s lounging on one of the three large wooden floats in the middle of the pond. He soaks in the warmth of the rays that radiate from the sun. When he’s not savoring that pleasure, he’s savoring the bliss of a nap with bird song as a lullaby.
For the last eight years going to the quarry swim hole, hubby has brought along the same book. David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. This 1,000 page book is permanently toted from home to swim hole in his orange beach bag. Each summer he rereads many pages before making more progress. So far he is only about 1/3 through the book. Perhaps in 16 more years he’ll finally finish it. Or will it matter?
Hubby prides himself for being the member number one at the swim club. He obtained that special distinction on his membership card the first time he signed up years ago. The rank has remained after all of these years, and probably will in years to come.
Do you have a summer retreat or escape that brings you peace and serenity?