I once read a proverb that said "everyone is the age of their heart". I have always believed this. Monday was confirmation once again of that belief. As many of you know, I met Loitton when I was 15 years old and in my eyes I can still see him at the age. When I met him he was a lifeguard at a local pool and loved, loved, loved anything pertaining to the water. Just recently we joined the local YMCA. We had several reasons for making this decision but the main one for Loitton was to be able to swim and for me it was to get more exercise.
Monday, we arrived at the local Y, I headed to the weight room and he headed to the pool. We didn't have a game plan so as I was exercising it dawned on me that we had not decided on a time to meet up when we finished our work outs. When I finished up in the weight room, I went to the pool to hopefully get to watch him swim a few laps but he was no where to be found. I looked around the building and in each and every room. I knew he had to be somewhere but where??? I finally stood at the front door of the building because I knew he had to leave out of that door. After a few brief minutes, I looked up and my eyes caught two men standing in the middle of the water park. I did my infamous whistle but that was not to be heard over all the excitement at the water park. However, Loitton turned around and noticed me waving at him. He came to meet me and as he approached, I realize he is with our minister. I just chuckle and wonder what the two of them have been up to. They have just finished the "big slide" and are so proud of themselves. I honestly loved the excitement I saw in Loitton's eyes! He was just like a kid and couldn't wait to tell others about the slide. As I looked around, I venture to say he was not only the oldest person in the water park but apparently the oldest who had gone down the slide. Our minister commented that there was a sermon in their experience and I quickly questioned him to make sure Loitton had not said any bad words coming down the slide :)
So you see, everyone is truly the age of their heart and on Monday, Loitton was younger than his calendar years and boy I can't wait to go back! This time, I'll join him.
On a side note, thank you to Heather for the new look on my blog! I love it and hope you do too.
Travis Lee Callahan Jr.
1 year ago