We all remember those wonderful summer days during our childhood. School’s out, the days are long and the sun is shining — these are the precious memories that’ll stay with us for a lifetime.And for the children of Morris, Minnesota, these memories will always be associated with Keith Davison.
After losing his wife last year, the 94-year-old retired judge came up with an ingenious idea.
While struggling to cope following his wife’s death, Keith thought of a great way to deal with the loneliness. Upon hearing children in his neighborhood complaining about Morris not having a communal swimming pool, the retiree decided to build one in his backyard.
At first, neighbors thought that Keith was joking, but construction work started in the spring. Once installed, Keith’s 32-ft swimming pool became the go-to place for all the children in the neighborhood.
“I knew they’d come,” said Keith.
Children are welcome to use the pool as long as they’re accompanied by an adult.
“It’s him spreading joy throughout our neighborhood for these kids,” said mom Jessica Huebner. “It’s like he’s adopted all the children of the neighborhood. He’s their grandpa now.”
From a financial viewpoint, there doesn’t seem to be much sense in a 94-year-old installing a swimming pool in his yard. Keith doesn’t care though: “I’m not sitting by myself looking at the walls.”
The swimming pool has allowed the retiree to spend a lot of time with his neighbors and give something back to community. As well as being the end of loneliness for Keith, the swimming pool provides the children with unforgettable memories that they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.
Find out more about Keith’s story by watching this video:
Thanks to this swimming pool, Keith managed to escape his grief and showed us that there’s some truth to the old saying: “No one has ever become poor by giving.”