Water has never been my best friend.
Ok, I can tolerate it for a shower. However, it took me a long time to handle a shower because I was used to a tub where the water stayed away from my face.
For Number 1, water is his mistress–nope not jealous. He grew up swimming in the blue, balmy waters of the Mediterranean. If he could choose, he would be a dolphin in his next life.
So, as you can see, this is a bit of a conundrum for us.
Yes, I learned to swim at the local pool–6 miles from the farm, but…I never put my head in the water.
I do have my reasons. I can’t stop the water from surging up my nose. Water funnels deep into my ears and, of course, I end up with an ear ache. Finally, my glasses were so thick, even as a child, that I couldn’t see underwater, even if I did open my eyes. Which I never did.
So once we started traveling it was usually to a place with a big body of water. It would look gorgeous, but…it was always too deep for me to put my feet down on the sand. i.e. my face would get wet.
I tried. I dog-paddled a lot. Yes, I got laughed at. Yes, he did try to teach me. But he gave up quickly–he’s smart and he knows a lost cause.
Eventually, I managed the breast stroke with my head above water. It was a better variation of the dog-paddle.
Oh, and I can swim on my back as long as no one is near me to splash water on my face.
Warm, sunny, southern California means there are a lot of pools and a good reason to use them.
Our new home, came fully equipped with a gorgeous pool.
As you can see, I am absent from this picture.
Believe it or not, my doctor turned me onto this and helped me conquer my husband’s mistress.
My doctor is also an avid swimmer. I think he idolizes Michael Phelps, and when he saw how Michael practices with a snorkel so he can focus on his form and not worry about breathing, he suggested that I get a snorkel.
This recommendation is based on the fact that swimming is good for stiff muscles and toning.
Again, the problem with that snorkel is that the water still gushes into your nose unless you wear a nose clip. Nose clips are ridiculously painful. Not only do you sound funny, but it cuts into your skin, misshapes your nose and it is not all that water proof.
I really wanted to swim and when I looked at snorkels, I came across this.
It kind of looks like the head of Marvin the Martian from Looney Tunes.
It solves all the problems, but water in the ear. However, I have been dealing with the ear issue for a while. I use wax ear plugs and they keep most of the water out. At least enough so I don’t get ear infections.
NOW, I CAN PUT MY HEAD IN THE WATER!!!
Oh, just call me Darth Virginia.