10 Days of Heat: Diving into the deep end (Day 4)
(Sorry that this is late. I set the timer for PM, not AM and didn’t realize it until later in the day!)
Do you remember the first time you wandered toward the deep end of your local or personal pool?
The day you made the decision you were going to go to a place that maybe wasn’t where you could stand?
Maybe the diving board?
Maybe just a lap?
I can’t say I can pinpoint that actual day off the top of my head. I know I had to be younger than 10, though, as I used to go to the pool a lot when I was a kid.
Usually the day would start with baseball somewhere, and then we’d end up at the pool, where there were some fun trails and a playset.
But the pool was the big thing for the kids. Especially when it wasn’t adult swim (which, if I remember right, was for 15 minutes at the top of every hour).
That diving board, for many of us, was a right of passage.
The lifeguards would watch closely. I remember them telling certain kids … not on this day. They knew who could handle it and who couldn’t.
By the time I got the nerve to do it, I was more than ready in regard to my swimming ability. But it took some nerve to walk down to the six-foot section and slowly climb the small ladder to the diving board.
Once on there, you then had to walk toward the end, as it slowly bounced under your weight. I know my first time took a minute or two. You look at the cold water below, likely already shivering. Finally, with others behind you wanting to use the board, you go.
I do guarantee my first time off the diving board and into the deep end was more of a cannonball.
The dives came later.
Once you got the courage to continue, diving into the deep end became like second nature. But that first time … it was the hardest one.
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