An exciting adventure looking at the land and the people around me.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The beach lies between Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, hence the name LINOMA BEACH. At one time it was like a Coney Island in New York, a mixture of a carnival and swim area. It was a fun spot to take your family and spend the day.The Fun House always had favorite areas , like the Mirror Room where we fantasized around distorted shapes of our bodies. A giant wooden wheel was hard to sit on for very long as it spun you around and pushed you off. A giant wooden barrel spinning invited antics that made my mother tell us not to break our necks.A few rides offered a chance to ride a pony, tiny motorboats, Ferris wheel, bump cars or painted carousel.We often brought a picnic lunch, but often were rewarded with a ice cream or snow cone. One last thrill was riding a huge wooden slide on a burlap bag.I saw the lighthouse and went to listen to our laughter and fun. A revival of fond childhood memories since we lived in both towns, so coming here was a family tradition.
The beach has shrank and gone are the carnival rides for decades. My older brother who could go off the high dive at three, was impaired by his younger brother who was four years younger.He coaxed me out to the huge diving raft riding on his back, and showed me how easy it was to dive and swim. I didn't want to try, making sand castles was more my favor. He pointed to a golden fish swimming and had me take a closer look.Kersplash, I was pushed in, and came up paddling to save my life. "You are swimming!" he exclaimed. "No I'm not,"I said through tears,"Help me!" A teen pulled me to safety and I was helped to the shallows. I tried out swimming a bit more while my brother sat up on the beach next to my mother."Hey, I am swimming !" I shared with a neighbor boy, as we paddled through the shallows.We went to the fun house and played for a short time, my brother came to join us, but was mad at my getting him in trouble."Don't break your necks," my mother always reminded us.We wondered what we would look like with crooked broken necks and laughed running away to all the fun.