By JANELLE STOIKES | Norwalk
Like many people who grew up in Wilton, I have such fond memories of the Wilton Pool from my childhood. It was a safe place to gather with my friends, and it is where I learned to socialize, follow the rules, and respect authority, and, most importantly, it’s where learned to swim. Every year in the United States, an estimated 4,000 people die due to drowning, and another 8,000 survive incidents. While anyone can drown, children are at the highest risk. No one dies from not being able to play basketball; swimming is more than fun and exercise, it’s a life-saving skill.
We all know this is about more than a pool. Having served on committees myself, I understand some of the conflicts that can arise when people admirably come together in an effort to contribute to the greater good. Sacrificing your time and putting yourself out there can most certainly lead to conflict. Being on a committee isn’t always easy; life isn’t a popularity contest; no one’s opinions and decisions are right 100% of the time. Rising above negativity and moving forward not only shows who you are as a person, it also sets an example for others in the community to do the same.
I, for one, am looking forward to better days for Wilton. The pool is a benefit to the campground and community, and I hope it’s around for future generations to make memories and enjoy.