I was born in an incredibly small town in eastern Colorado, but I only lived there until I was two years old. We moved several hours away from there, so we did not go back and visit very often. However, my parents had a couple of good friends out there that we would go and visit every now and then. They had a few children that were around our age so we would always play with them while our parents did whatever they were doing. I loved it there. They owned quite a bit of land, and they had four-wheelers and dirt bikes that we were allowed to drive. One of the scariest moments from my childhood involved one of the four wheelers. I was riding it with one of their children down a dirt path in between two corn fields. It had rained the day before, and the dirt path was incredibly messy. The kid I was riding it with slammed on the brakes too hard after we turned a corner, and the four-wheeler completely fell over. It almost fell on top of us, but we dove off just in time to avoid it. We had a good laugh, mostly because of the tension we had been feeling I believe. They also had a ton of animals that were really fun to play with, and a big screen television with a ton of movies. We had a lot of this stuff at our house too, but it was fun to be in a new place with new toys.
Of all of the things that we did at their house, my favorite by far was hanging out in their gymnasium. The gymnasium was a prefabricated steel building that they had bought and had constructed at their home. It was amazing. Inside, they had a full-sized basketball court with a hoop on each end. We used to play endless games of one-on-one and two-on-two. They also had a volleyball net that we could erect and play on it. Everyone loved to play volleyball, so we did that more often than playing basketball. We also played various forms of other games, including racquetball, tennis, and others.
Metal buildings are great because you can make them whatever you would like them to be. You can turn them into a gymnasium, you can use them to store certain items, and more. The other great thing is that it is easy to add on to them, so if our friends in this small town ever wanted more space in their gym, or they wanted to add something else onto it, it would be incredibly easy.
Those trips are some of my favorite memories from my childhood. I always looked forward so much to going and I was always very sad when we left. As I got older, we stopped going to visit them at their property, but I’ll always remember the great times we had there. And I’ll never forget the great time we had playing in that metal building.