Friday, June 7, 2013
When Push Comes to "Pool"
The clock is ticking way too slowly today as I'm eagerly awaiting my early escape from work so that I can enjoy some time poolside with a pina colada in hand. Oh, how I love flex Fridays! I also love the fact that I finally have my very own pool in the backyard, which is beautifully designed and landscaped by my talented, water-obsessed boyfriend.
If anyone knows me, you'd understand the feat that is pool ownership at age 32. I spent the better part of my childhood begging Mom and Dad to put a swimming pool in our backyard.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of that happening was right up there with being gifted the much-anticipated pony I was promised but am still yet to receive. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't even learn how to swim until I was nearly 12 years old. That's right, I was that kid. You know--the one who frequented any pool I could, outfitted with neon orange floaties on my arms and, in later years, the despised, obtrusive lifejacket, preventing me from submerging beneath the water.
I was also the kid rendered partially deaf, thanks to the earplugs I was required to wear at all times while in the water due to the numerous ear problems I suffered as a child. The ironic thing is, though I never got a backyard pool, I'm pretty sure my family paid for my ear/nose/throat doctor's swimming pool as a result of my frequent visits to his office. It was at those particular doctor visits where I underwent surgery for tubes, took hearing tests and received professional medical assessments, revealing a perforated eardrum, all of which put a damper on my childhood aquatic activities.
So the fact that I have, still to this day, never dove off a diving board and the reason I am also somewhat phobic about getting water in my ears (even in the shower) can't be entirely blamed on my parents and their refusal to put in a swimming pool. These early traumatic experiences regarding my ears certainly played a major role. Though I don't hold any truth to astrological theories, I find it a tad ironic that I was born under the sign of Pisces, the fish. The only thing I have in common with the fish is that I sometimes eat it, slathered in tartar sauce with a side of hush puppies and fries.
Anyway, back to my story about childhood yearnings for a swimming pool...
I mistakenly thought I'd come close to having my wishes fulfilled the day I came home from school and encountered a giant dirt pile in the backyard. I thought, "This is it! I've finally convinced Mom and Dad to put in a pool!" I soon discovered, much to my chagrin, that the dirt pile was the beginning stage of a backyard putting green installation. Talk about a major letdown to an eight-year-old girl! In Dad's defense, it was a beautifully manicured and landscaped, three-holed putting green, but it was still just....a putting green.
So if you ever see me at the pool or out cruising around Lake Ray Hubbard on our boat and you're wondering why I continually keep my head above water (literally speaking), it's because I'm still averse to getting water in my ears. Also, I've never achieved world class swimmer status. On the other hand, you can bet your bottom dollar I'm a badass on the putting green!
Oh, and by the way, I still hold out (perhaps false) hope for that damn pony.