alternate post title: the one with a bunch of embarrassing photos from my most awkward stages of youth, including braces, body acne, and bad hair…

Day 4: I’m thankful for water.

At least most of the time.

I’m not really thaaaat thankful for water when it freezes into ice crystals and accumulates on the ground as snow, but other than that, water and I are practically besties.

When I was a kid, I might as well have had fins. I lived in the swimming pool all day, every day, from the summer of ’88 until the summer of boys. You know, prank calling and riding bikes past all the cute boys houses took precedence eventually. But most of the cute boys were also fellow swim team members so that worked out pretty well.
Insert embarrassing photo of my awkward self sitting by the swimming pool here.

I grew up just a mile or so away from the Wisconsin River, and while my mom never really let me go in the river (the current is a real biatch), I like to think that I’ve always appreciated it’s beauty.
It’s beauty makes a pretty sweet backdrop for a family photo, don’t you think?

When I was 7 or 8, I met the ocean for the first time. We also went to Disney World on that trip. Sure the teacup ride was pretty neat, and April & the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at MGM Studios (apparently it’s now called Hollywood Studios?) were cool, but I really just wanted to go back to the beach. Since it was about an hour away, I settled for the hotel pool.
And even the hotel bath tub.

To this day, the ocean/sea is one of my very favorite places to be. This just never gets old.

The team I swam for every summer for 11 years was called the Dolphins . Thus, I became pretty infatuated with actual dolphins, porpoises, whales and other sea creatures. I would live at the Shedd Aquarium if they would let me.

And since I’ve run out of embarrassing photos of myself near and/or in water, I suppose it’s good to mention that I am also thankful for drinking water. It is essential and I am so grateful every day that I have it at my disposal.

Safe, clean, healthy water.

Don’t take it for granted.

water facts

I almost didn’t pick water because there is so much to say about it, but then I realized that it plays such an important role in my life, and always has. There are so many benefits to drinking water, not to mention all of the other ways we use it without even thinking twice about it.

Can you imagine your life without clean drinking water? I can. And it’s a reality I am so grateful I do not have to face. Educate yourself and learn how you can help out here.

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