Keith Davison of Morris, Minnesota, lost his wife, Evie, to cancer in 2016. The couple spent 66 years together, and given his advanced age, Keith's pain was unimaginable.
Misery loves company, so grief tends to sneak up on us with loneliness. Instead of drawing in sorrow, Davison chose to do something for his community while mourning the loss of his beloved Evy with the youngsters.
His home was quiet, as his three children were already grown up, but Keith had no grandchildren. He was, however, beloved by kids in his neighborhood, and the retired judge decided to install a swimming pool in his backyard in 2017.
It was his way of escaping the suffocating silence. And several years later, he is still enjoying the laughter, making this one of the best decisions in his life.
Davidson, a retired judge and once upon a time a successful musician, explained to the media what this pool means to him:
"I'm not sitting by myself looking at the walls."
The Neighbors Were Surprised
It was not a cheap move, but since there was no swimming pool in the area, Davidson knew he was doing the right thing.
Many did not believe in the project, as Jessica Heubner, Keith's neighbor, said that only when construction started "that's when it really sank in. I was like, wow. You just don't have that in today's society, that amount of kindness."
The pool, 32 feet long and 9 feet deep, is now a place for people to socialize while the kids are busy enjoying summer break.
As expected from a judge, strict rules exist because safety comes first. Children under 12 cannot swim without adults. And those over the age of 18 cannot swim by themselves.
The only person who can go in the pool on his own is the former judge, also a World War II vet.
Davidson Is A Humble And Kind Man
Huebner told People that the idea of the pool is about "spreading joy and happiness to our neighborhood and these children because he sees them as the face of the future."
She described her neighbor as a "humble and kind man."
Jaime Mundal, who lives four houses down away from Davison and has four-grade school-age children said:
"He's kind of adopted all of the neighborhood kids."
Since there is no fee, people bring Keith cookies and help him spend his twilight years with joy and dignity.
The former judge loved his wife dearly, saying, "I had a fairytale life, and after my wife died, that ended."
Years later, this investment still brings delight to the community, whose members are doing their best to comfort him and make his pain bearable.
Like us, Keith's neighbors agree that Evie would be proud of her husband.