In the Swimming Pool

May 31, 2012 at 7:34 am | Posted in Life and Living | Leave a comment
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When I was young, my family belonged to the town pool.  Every weekend over the summer was spent at the pool with several other families who had kids my age.  At day camp, we spent a lot of time at that same pool.  Like many kids, I loved to swim, and I was pretty good at it.  It went way beyond Marco Polo.  My friends and I did underwater flips, handstands, and races across three pools alternating strokes — crawl, breast, back, side, and if we were daring enough, butterfly.  We would do flips off the diving board and rate each other.  We would spend hours at the pool and weren’t looking to get tan.  We were simply having fun.

This lasted well into middle school, and fell off in high school, right around the time that I started wearing contacts, thus rendering my underwater vision efforts futile.  Not that that was the reason I stopped swimming regularly — the whole growing up thing certainly played a role.  The summer no longer symbolized pool time — not in the same way.  The summer was about hanging out with friends, going to the beach and driving around.  Sure, there was the occasional pool party and the few times we snuck into some guarded pools, but Getting tan mattered a lot more and when it wasn’t summer, it wasn’t rare to find me in the the tanning booth.  My relationship with water went from the sprinklers to the sidelines where I could show off my bikini.

I remember going swimming in a pool in my freshman year of college and realizing how long it had been since I had been in a pool.  I had really missed it.  I decided to take a water aerobics class the next semester to get my exercise and to get back in the water.

Still it is rare that I get to enjoy a good outdoor pool these days.  It’s a special treat, and it always reminds me of my childhood.  I remember how daring I was.  So many of the things I did in the water as a child I wouldn’t dare to do now.  I remember so many laughs and so much fun.  I remember slip and slide and water parks. I remember fringe on my two-pieces.  I remember going to the pool not for the hot lifeguards.  I remember the pure fun of being in a pool, back when life was simple.

So this summer, I am going to do everything I can to get in the water. I could certainly use some simplicity in my life!

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