I don't know whose idea it was or how much it cost, but our backyard swimming pool was the best investment in my childhood. The TBP (time before pool) is very vague in my memory except for a tetherball. And dogs. Lots of big dogs. The TAP (time after pool) has tons of happy wet, splashy memories.
Among the memories are swimming with my friends and hoping my little brother would not be a pill and leave us alone. I recall him being about 4 years old and morphing into a little fish when he hit the water. One time I remember someone (dad or mom) yelling at him while he literally sat at the bottom of the pool looking up at them. I guess he wasn't ready to get out.
I finally located some pictures that show the pool under construction. One has Danny and Guy in it. The other is from the other dirction and shows our great Dane Kissee sniffing around where the back gate was. But for the life of me I can't add the pictures.