I don’t remember what year it was (64, 65 or 66) that my family and I were in Monahans, Texas visiting my wonderful grandmother, Granny Latham at her house. One day it rained and rained and rained and then it flooded – I mean flooded so much the water surrounded Granny’s house. It probably was dangerous but I don’t ever remember being afraid! I thought of it as an adventure. (My parents and Granny were definitely concerned though). All of us kids, I don’t remember how many there were but me, my siblings and some of my cousins couldn’t get out of the house and I’m sure we were driving the adults crazy!
My Mom and Granny decided they would let us kiddos out of the house somehow, so they let us use a small plastic swimming pool and also a metal tub – as boats – so we could row, row, row our boats in the flood. I remember my mom gently letting us out of the side door in our make shift boats and we “rowed our boats” all over the back yard. WOW – It was fantastic! I mean – the water was at least 3 feet high and I couldn’t have been much taller myself!! The water was brown as dirt and flowing like a river all around us. I couldn’t have thought of anything more fun to do than float around Granny’s house then, slowly becoming a muddy non-existent backyard.
Yet, the strangest thing happened. As we were floating around in our make shift boats, screaming with delight, we all of a sudden found tons of thick glass pieces floating in the water with us – Coke bottle glass! What was this? It’s like it came out of nowhere. Granny later told us that there used to be a coke bottle factory nearby and they dumped all the glass in the backyard. It was crazy how much glass was floating around that day. Even 15 years later, I still found glass in my Granny’s back yard.