04/14/14 6:00am
04/14/2014 6:00 AM
As a young boy, it was hard for me to imagine that not everyone grew up with a big lake down the street. And then I met Dale.

As a young boy, it was hard for me to imagine that not everyone grew up with a big lake down the street. And then I met Dale.

Growing up a sports nut who lived up the block from a lake, I spent my childhood outdoors.

As soon as the weather got warm enough, I was running as fast as I could, splashing my way into Lake Panamoka.

To live on a street where hardly any cars passed, on a property big enough to hold a sandbox and a swingset, I took a lot of my childhood freedom for granted. I was living the middle class dream — my father working at a local newspaper and my mom teaching in my school — a lot of kids would have given anything for.

And I had no idea.  (more…)