Slim Randles' Home Country
Aah youth, and the simple joy of being alive
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[July 22, 2017]
and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other
day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers
had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they
could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.
The little kids were in the shallow wading area,
some in underwear, some in none-derwear, and all of them squealing
and splashing. The kids who had turned 13 or 14, however, waited
their turns at the tire swing. One by one they swung out, flashing
in the sun, arching and stretching and knifing into the water. The
boys wanted to be seen and impress the girls, and the girls … well,
It is coming a time of muscles for the guys and curves for the
girls, and fun watching for those who aren’t that curvy or muscular
any more. Like Bert and Maizie.
Maizie looked over at her husband of 40-some years and smiled.
“I can remember,” she whispered.
“There was a time,” he smiled and nodded back at her.
And when he looked at her, he didn’t see the settled body that
plumped there after all the children and grandchildren. He saw the
girl, Maizie, who almost took flight and jackknifed into the deep
part of the pool, and he could remember her coming up to the surface
and shaking the water out of her long hair and smiling with the
simple joy of being there and being alive.
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And when Maizie looked at her
husband, she wasn’t seeing the puddling of his body and the gray
hair and the wrinkles. She saw the dark hair and the flashing eyes,
and the muscles that carried him out into space and took him
straight down into a cannonball that got even the old folks wet.
She reached over and took his hand and he gave it a squeeze. There
has always been a lot of love at the old swimming hole.
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