|Many of these kids in Boulder City have gone to school together from kindergarten through high school graduation. They share so many familiar stories of their youth in Boulder City, whether or not they experienced activities together. It’s those stories that keep the generations of our youth bonded.
Let me just give you an example of how deep these connections run in Boulder City. Just a while ago, 1996 BCHS graduate Pat Shea, son of 1967 BCHS graduate Rick Shea, approached me while dining at Tony’s Pizza. I was sitting at the table and he gave me a big hug saying, “Do you know who I am? Your mom taught my dad how to swim.” At first, I didn’t know who it was. Now mind you, here’s a thirty something year-old hugging me over my shoulder and I could hardly see his face, but it didn’t take long to figure it out. You know how kids grow and change over the years. My mother, a 1951 BCHS graduate, ran the swim program for years teaching tadpole through senior lifesaving classes. Most of the kids who grew up here in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s learned to swim from her at one point or another. You can see that these family connections have now spanned the generations, and it appears that our family is not the only one telling stories about growing up here.
Please, newcomers and long time residents, share your stories with your kids. It will make them more grounded individuals. Encourage them to share their stories with you; it will make them feel valued. Share your stories with others; it will make us a tighter knit community. It’s the bonds between us that give us strength.
If you have a cherished Boulder City memory, e-mail your story to me at email@example.com. I will archive it to develop a bank of Boulder City cherished memories to share with others. Just a reminder: save the date of October 10, 2009, for the 31’ers Reunion Luncheon and Educational Outreach Showcase. You never know, one of your stories may be turned into a monologue or short story to share with our community through school programs and/or local events like the 31’ers Reunion Luncheon.
To find out more information about programs offered at the pool complex or other recreational programs offered here in Boulder City, call 293-9286.