I had what started out as a mediocre swim the other night, but the finish was priceless.
It was just one of those days. I couldn’t get a rhythm, my arms were tired and sluggish, and as I watched the greenish rocky bottom go by, I felt like I was swimming in jello.
I reached the gray float (My 500 yard mark. Or at least I think it is 500 yards to there. I don’t want to know if I am wrong) and waved to the folks drinking beer on their camp porch. I treaded water for a few minutes and took a few breast strokes before heading back to the little beach I started from. I concentrated on relaxing and breathing, trying to get into some sort of happy place.
I noticed when I sighted that there were three small looking people standing on the beach. I kept swimming, made my way through a few weeds, and before long I was standing on the beach looking at 3 children, 2 girls and one boy, ranging in age from 5 to 10.
“Hi.” The youngest girl said. The other two beamed at me.
“Hello,” I answered, noticing their parents nearby putting gear into a boat. “Heading out on the pond for a ride?”
All three nodded enthusiastically. I grabbed my towel and threw it over my shoulders, pulled off my goggles and swim cap. I turned back towards them and noticed that they were all still watching me and smiling. I returned the smile and the boy said,
“You swim every night. We watch you.”
This kind of surprised me. I always feel really alone on my swims, like no one really notices me. Or they think I am psychotic and hope if they ignore the crazy person swimming across the pond, she will go away.
Laughing, I said, “Oh, really? Ha, yeah, I guess I have been out the last few nights.”
The three nodded and the youngest girl said to me, “You swim far. You swam to the point.”
I agreed, it was me in the green swim cap who went to the point. I told them the bottom got really yucky out there, so if they are ever out there don’t let their feet touch the bottom.
All three nodded and said, “Yeah. That is so cool.”
The boy piped in, “And you’re FAST!” The two girls both nodded.
Their parents called them and they ran off, jumped into the boat, donned life jackets, and sped off across the pond waving as they went.
It was all pretty quick, but it made my night. It also made a swim that started out kind of crappy feel pretty great. It is nice to have a few fans on Pleasant Pond.
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