As I grow older it seems I am taking more time to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. Although I strongly believe in water conversation, I wasn’t always so inclined. Really, most people weren’t. Back in the day water wasn’t really looked upon as a resource. It was, well, just water. This wasn’t the case for my parents who grew up in the Oklahoma dust bowl era but for me, a kid in the 60’s, water was just fun!
Remember throwing water balloons? What a great waste of water. Just fill those little, colored, latex globes to the point of popping and then hurl them at the nearest prey. Who would have known that car with the one headlight was a police cruiser. Good thing I could run a little faster then!
How about the Water Wiggle? Now that was a conservative use of H2O. Not! It was just a high pressure jet, on the open end of a water hose, covered by a goofy little plastic face with colored string for hair. Turn the water on, full blast, and let it beat the heck out anyone in a 20 foot radius. What could be more fun?
Who could forget the Slip and Slide? A yellow, plastic sheet with a water hose hooked to one end and holes throughout. Leave the water running all day for a slick, polyurethane runway. Perfect for that head-first body launch and freestyle water roll! A few of us had to learn the hard way that this toy was designed to be one way street. Surfers sliding from each end, at the same time, somehow meet in the middle. I think that may be what is wrong with me today. No wonder so many people think water is so plentiful. This is how a generation learned its value.
Finally, the water bed! Truly a well-designed use of agua. Gallon for gallon the most enjoyable use of our most precious resource. I’ll let you peruse your own memory bank on this one. I am keeping mine to myself.
Now that I have made it down to the end of memory lane I guess I check my rain barrel, adjust my soaker hose and reset my “smart controller”. It’s back to conserving water, but I still remember when water seemed to be limitless.