Looking at the Tides

We were discussing memories of swim lessons with the extended and distanced family on a Sunday as we gathered and consumed individually packaged frozen treats. Some of Sparky’s family never learned to swim while others are natural fish. I personally never achieved swimming proficiency. Every summer my mother signed us up for lessons at the community pool. I finally grew/aged out of the baby pool and was placed in the 3′ deep area. It terrified me since I was only an inch taller than the water was deep. I spent a lot of time hanging onto the edge gasping for breath. In HS I got a B in swimming class but that was because I tried very hard and despite sinking like a rock, never gave up. Sparky took swim lessons too but was much more successful.

We were always sailors
Riding on briny waves
Rocked in the deep dark
Of our motherโ€™s wombs
Suddenly marooned
Still drenched and damp
We search for sea water
Fearlessly wade into oceans
Beg the riptide to take us
Rock us to eternal sleep
Betrayed by the salinity
Rocked on the ebb and flow
We float

47 thoughts on “Looking at the Tides

    1. I’m really awful in the water which makes me very fearful when around large bodies of water. Even when I’m in a boat! Funny that being in an airplane doesn’t have the same effect since I can’t fly any better than I can swim! I’m thrilled you liked the poem!

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    1. You are much better than I am! I have very good form for the forward crawl – except it is all done about a foot under water… makes taking that breath really impossible!

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        1. I’ve only been swimming on purpose in a lake twice (not counting the fell off the dock and the slipped on the moss dunkings). Every time I ended up in the water I also ended up with little black leeches. Yuck! Thankfully a little salt and all was good!

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  1. Funny how some people take to the water like fish and others don’t, since we all started life as swimmers. Neither of my parents know how to swim, so we were kept away from water for the most part. We had a wading pool (less than a foot deep). We were not allowed to go in the big inground pool at the neighbors, even if they invited us. We were not taken to the lake, beach, or community pool. I took lessons as an adult, but by then, it’s too late. I love watching my dog swim. He’s a natural and makes it look easy. Lower impact on his aging joints, he’s 10. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes and I don’t think it has anything to do with the exposure to swimming at a young age. I was in swimming lessons from at least kindergarten on and still can’t float. I tried water aerobics but the water was so deep that every time the other women started making waves I’d get drowned… I ended up getting there first so I could get a spot in the front corner – lowest water level and within reach of the edge! It was easy on the joints but I hadn’t realized until then that you CAN sweat in the water!

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      1. I’ve done water aerobics in the 4 ft end of the pool. LOL, yes, you can sweat in the water.
        When the instructor switched to teaching a deep water class, I dropped out. Most of my nieces and nephews can swim (the ones who took lessons young, while water was fun rather than something to be feared). I think it’s like learning a second language, the younger you are when you start, the easier it is. Admittedly, some people just don’t have the knack for certain sports. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. I was started early but it just wasn’t to be. My sisters took lessons with me – they are both capable swimmers. I can definitely relate to dropping out of the deep water class!

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        1. I’ve been close. I’ve dipped my toe into the water of the Pacific and the Atlantic and the Gulf but I’ve never had the courage to actually go in… Last time it was too cold and the time before that there were jelly fish. Maybe next time…

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  2. I learned (or tried) to swim when I was little, in a pond not too far from the home. We went there when my cousins came to visit us. While I would hang on to my mother or father’s legs, my older cousin would go under water and pinch my leg. My screams and tears finally made my parents realize that I couldn’t swim. Later in life, MUCH LATER, I got some lessons. Once the lessons were over, I went back to my corner of 3 or 4 feet and just splashed around. I think I was scared to swim. Made sure my children swam and flew off the diving boards without fear.
    You are a great swimmer if you got a B in HS. We never had that kind of program at the convent where I studied. The nuns would have told me that I was not good enough to get a D! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m glad your parents discovered you couldn’t swim – you could have been in danger if they had remained uninformed! I am a horrible swimmer meaning that I can not swim. I tried very hard but never mastered being able to float. I was a sinker! In HS I was one of the first in the pool and I attempted to do everything the instructor asked. I always failed but she gave me a B for not giving up. If I’d had actually been able to swim I’d have gotten an A!

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  3. Plane / swimming . There is a big difference . In a plane, Val, you are carried passive in a box while in the water you are naked and have to fight to not sink ! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love
    Michel

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    1. Hello Michel! That is a truth. But being afraid of heights can make planes an uncomfortable experience. I can easily ride in a plane but have a hard time with a skylift or gondola.

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    1. Je suis tellement content qu’il y ait Google Translate! Je conviens qu’ils ont beaucoup en commun, y compris mes petites peurs – se noyer et tomber!

      Une sieste semble รชtre une excellente idรฉe.

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    1. hehe! No way would I jump off the high dive! I’m afraid of heights and water. That is the double whammy which would cause paralysis and probably loss of consciousnesses. Nevertheless, the poem is fun to read! Thanks for the chuckle (it is definitely a poem for and by an adrenaline junkie)!!

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