Keith Davison was heartbroken when Evy, his beloved wife of 66 years, passed away from cancer last year. The heartache continued when the grieving 94-year-old realized how empty his home was without her there. But then, the retired judge got a brilliant idea.
Keith built an in-ground pool in his backyard in Minnesota and invited the neighborhood kids to come by and play whenever they'd like — as long as their parent or guardian is also there to supervise. And after the 32-foot pool opened up in July, the sound of little kids laughing and playing has replaced the deafening silence that had been there right after his wife had died.
“I had a fairytale life, and after my wife died, that ended,” Keith said. “You get used to having a person there to enjoy, and now this doggone place is just so quiet. The pool has been a diversion from that.”
His neighbor, 40-year-old Jaime Mundal can attest to that. The mom of four grade-school kids who regularly visit Keith's pool, Jaime had nothing but positive things to say about Davison's generosity.
“He has just been an amazing neighbor and he just loves children,” Jaime said. “He’s kind of adopted all of the neighborhood kids.”
Now, his house is filled with joy and noise and laughter again — something Keith has not heard in a while. But that isn't to say that the days without his wife haven't continued to be a challenge for him.
Keith thinks Evy would love to see all the kids playing in the new pool. He only wishes she actually could still see it.
“I miss her every day,” Keith said. “She’s not here, and that’s the sad part — it’s been great, but it was just so good when she was here.”