94-year-old Keith Davison lost his wife to cancer in 2016, and things got hard very fast. The loneliness set in quickly and the silence in his home was a constant reminder that Evy, his wife, was gone.
“You cry a lot,” said Davidson in an interview with NBC’s Kare11 News. “That’s just the way it is, because she’s not here.”
After 66 years of marriage, now alone, what do you do now?
Evy and Keith were married for 66 years, and the months that followed Evy’s death had Davidson depressed. How do you handle that kind of loss?
After a year of sadness and attempts to adjust to his new reality, the widower came up with a plan to take action to battle his loneliness.
If you build it, they will come.
“I knew they’d come,” laughed Davison. Come where? To the underground pool he had installed in his backyard, for the families and kids in his neighborhood to enjoy!
Davidson, make that the honorable (and retired) Judge Davidson, had no need for a pool at his age! What he did have was a need to be loved, noticed, and to feel less lonely. He got all he wanted and more.
Nope, no joke.
Many thought Davidson was just teasing or joking around when he would mention that he was going to have a pool installed. One of his neighbors, Jessica Huebner, was shocked to actually see him follow through with it.
“This spring when I saw him marking the yard, I told my husband, he’s really going to put a pool in his backyard.” Yep! He really was and he really did!
Time to play!
The pool is 32 feet long and 9 feet deep with a diving board, and it’s special for many reasons. But the biggest one is the town has never had its own outdoor public pool. That was monumental in itself.
Davison will tell you that he could care less what others think of him spending his money on a pool he doesn’t even use for himself. All he knows is, “I’m not sitting by myself looking at the walls!”
From zero grandkids to a dozen and more, instantly!
Davison does have three adult children, but no grandchildren. That only made this act of selfless generosity that much more wonderful.
When his pool was officially ‘opened’ in July, Huebner told Davidson, “’You kind of adopted our whole neighborhood of kids, these are your grandkids.’”
Providing fun can lift the spirits!
Fostering gratitude can be medicine to the soul.
The Huebner family are now regulars at their neighbor’s pool and couldn’t be more appreciative.
“It’s him spreading joy throughout our neighborhood for these kids,” Huebner says.
Another neighborhood mom, Jaime Mundal, said, “Now we’re going to be here every day.”
Davidson couldn’t be more pleased to hear that.
Watch the video below:
Source: 94-year-old puts in pool for neighborhood kids from Kare11 TV.