J'adore la piscine. Last year, I started spending most waking mornings in this community pool. As soon as the phone alarms, I'll get up change into bikini, walk a kilometer or two to get here and wait for the cleaning to be over at 8AM. I'll jump in feeling like a kid. I'd have the pool to myself while enjoying the silence underwater. I want to freeze those moments. Later, when the cold season came, I stopped doing that and diverted my attention to running.
The season for swimming is back in the Middle East. Plunging in the pool season is just around the corner for the rest of the world. My friend Tintin and I spent the day together inside this very water yesterday. She is an airline cabin purser.We met while we were both working for an events and exhibition design company. She was a swimmer and an avid member of her university swim team. She taught me how to do freestyle many years ago. Here, we spent the entire morning threading in 6 feet deep water as we conversed about life in general and talked about our funny travel stories. We threw jokes at each other that sent me in bouts of uncontrollable laughter.
One thing I'm sure I cannot do is laugh hysterically while threading on water. I stopped breathing. I swallowed my laughter and a lot of pool water as I swam to the edge. Once in the clear, I finally laughed out loud, guiltily disturbing neighbors who were peacefully sleeping while slowly roasting on the lounge chairs. An Indian food lunch break and back in the water afterwards, I'm incredibly thankful for this perfect day!
One Pool Day Wish List