While visiting Barton Springs with friends and family over the holiday break, I paused to reflect on our community’s relationship with this wonderful place. Perhaps inspired by my own paltry efforts at gift-giving his year (shame on me), I was deeply struck by the one-sided nature of our relationship with Barton Springs. Watching the continuous flow of the spring waters, it becomes so clear that Barton Springs is continuously and generously giving us the bounty of her cold, clear aquifer waters. Much like Mother Nature, she gives and gives and gives without thought of compensation, reward or credit. And much like children, we happily receive this bountiful gift as we splash in the spring waters, enjoying free swim hours at night and over the winter break, including huge crowds at the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.