As I was walking back home from my daily morning beach workout, I came across a sprinkling fountain in front of an office building. I smiled, as it immediately reminded me of my youth, growing up in the Brown Square Park inner-city district of Rochester, New York.
Brown Square was located in the shadow of the main office of Eastman Kodak on State Street, which was only a few blocks from my loving-childhood home on Erie Street.
I recall so clearly those hot summer days swimming in the "cement pond" pool in Brown Square. This unique swimming place was essentially a large descending fountain, not more than three feet deep at it's center. It had a "stoney" bottom surface that was patched together with liquid tar. I must have scrapped my knees at least twice each time I played in that pool. But I never stopped going there - except on certain days when it was closed for repair or maintenance.
On those particular days, my friends and I would somehow find the guts to go and swim in the actual fountain that graced the front landscape of Eastman Kodak's main office building. That's right, just breaking open a fire hydrant at the corner of Erie Street and Warehouse was not enough to cool us off. We figured, if we were going to break the law on a hot summer day in a cool way, we may has well go for the gold.
So, there we'd be - in that pretty blue fountain - in front of Kodak, with all the "executives" walking by. Some were astonished at what they viewed. Some were repelled. And then others were just in plain happy awe and what they saw.
And now today, I am the one who is in awe.
After my Mom passed away, following my Dad - so many years ago, I truly thought my life was over. I resigned myself to selling a few magazine articles here and there, maybe writing another book about television, and singing at a few parties or clubs. But as far as pursuing my "dreams"? I thought they were dead.
But now, my dreams have not only come alive, they've come true.
I have awakened my child's heart, and restored my body, mind and spirit - by working-out, changing my diet, and thinking and living in only the most positive ways.
And as I flashback to the joyful past memories of my youthful fountain playtimes, I am reminded of how important it is to live in the moment...to always move forward, happily in the realization that joyful, forgiving and loving-kindness living invigorates and sustains an entirely different and yet everlasting fountain of youth - with knees unscraped and a life unscathed.