Part of the adulting stage is the requirement to stand as a chaperone for a parent going to a party. My mom, who’s forever young at heart, wanted to join the other ladies at her zumba class for a reunion. I easily obliged because I had another agenda in mind: the pool.
The party was held beside a swimming pool. Believe me, I missed swimming for quite a long time. I did not mind whether the visibility of the water was almost terrible to none. I just wanted to feel the warm waters around my body and float on it like I was on air.
I already had taken a few laps when some of the kids playing there said “Hi, tita!” (“tita” is the Filipino word for aunt). Being shy around kids (except for my nephews and niece), I only greeted them back and swam again. But when I returned, one of them brazenly asked if she can borrow my shower cap. “Nope,” I said, “it’s already stuck on my hair”.
That’s one problem when swimming in a public pool. I couldn’t do my laps properly because kids playing ball were blocking my way and some of them were trying to talk to me. This same girl was telling me she knows how to dive because she took swimming lessons. Being a good adult, I fought the urge to reply, “Yeah, me too.” As if all adults are automatic swimmers.
I ended up looking up at the half moon pinned on the dark sky. I soothed myself with the warm waters enclosing me like an old friend who missed me. The blaring dance music felt far away as I submerged into the deep, something that I missed doing for a long time.
I wish every place would a have a pool of their own but is something considered as a luxury to some. It’s sad that many people deem that only the rich can take up swimming lessons. That should not be the case. Every Filipino has the right to take up swimming lessons. I think it is a vital life skill, especially the Philippines is surrounded by bodies of water.
I left the pool at dinner. I guess only food can stop me from swimming haha. I hope I’d be invited to more parties at the pool.