I didn’t grow up with regular access to a swimming pool. It’s part of the reason why I had SUCH a fear hurdle to jump doing triathlons. I could swim, in my own way, but only if there were sides of a pool nearby or a ground I could see/touch. I went to a daycare for several years that took us to a pool once a week, and then there were always trips to the city pool when I visited my Grandparents, but for the most part? It was just a periodic thing. I loved it when I did it, like all kids do, but it seemed very much a “kid” thing. So, as an adult, there has been NO part of me that has “enjoyed” our “sought out” swimming opportunities.
Now, once I learned to swim better training for triathlons, I will say I started to enjoy the pool more. I’d take the kids to the indoor pool at the YMCA (where we’re members) periodically in the winter to work off some of that trapped-inside energy. But still, not something I loved doing.
So, when we bought a house about a block away from a neighborhood pool that Donnie wanted to join, I rolled my eyes. I knew he wouldn’t take the kids that often because he works so late, and we all know I don’t really love the pool so I wasn’t going to do it, which means this was going to be a big ole waste of money. But he insisted because both kids are old enough to take the test to swim there without an adult so they could walk there maybe. Also? It’s a salt water pool, which is probably what sold me. (Chlorine is THE WORST for curly hair.)
And y’all? I have become SUCH A POOL PERSON. I go and I play! I play in the pool! I just swim around and go under water and sit in the silence and try to swim across the pool without taking a breath and I watch the kids dive and I just LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s so relaxing and when the heat index is over 100 degrees during the day, it’s the BEST. We go at night so it’s not too crowded and we sometimes order pizza to be delivered there and then we walk home.
I have become a pool person.
I sometimes will sit and read while the kids play, but most of the time I want to play. I just find sitting underwater so relaxing, it’s like a form of escapism because it’s quiet. I just take a deep breath and sit on the bottom of the pool for up to a minute, soaking in the silence.
And yes – I’m pretty sure all the lifeguards think I’m a weirdo. BUT I DO NOT CARE.
Often I’m playing with the kids, but not always. Sometimes they’re incorporating me into challenges or we play games or I just play around while they show me dives off the board, but often? They’re doing their own thing and I’m doing my own thing. I just love it.
I guess my point is…you just never know.