On Tuesday, we went to the “pool with a beach” and before you quickly scroll down, looking for the pictures of sandy white beaches, puffy clouds and gleaming sun—hold on.
We use the term “beach”
pretty liberally. In our part of the country,
beaches are non-existent, but the health club that we belong to has both an
indoor and an outdoor pool. David uses
the term “pool with a beach” to make the distinction, the outdoor pool.
David loves swimming, but
is not so enamored with getting the chlorinated water in his eyes. Consequently, although his swimming is
progressing, his strokes are hampered by the fact that he frequently stops to
rub his eyes.
To this point, all
attempts to get David to wear goggles have been unsuccessful. Until Tuesday.
On Tuesday, for whatever
reason, David let me slip a pair of goggles over his eyes. He dunked his head into the water, but ripped
the goggles back over his head before he had even realized. He then immediately asked me to put them back
I could tell by the smile
on his face that he finally understood.
And when his eyes met mine, I could tell by his expression that he was acknowledging
that I had been right.
Periodically with David, I
know we make a connection that goes beyond words, because for worse or sometimes
for better, David does not always rely on words the same way the rest of us
do. And Tuesday was one of those
moments. We were in sync, without
uttering a single word. He knew it. And I knew it.
David spent the rest of
the swim, face down in the water, eyes open, paddling away.
I am sorry to tell you
that I do not have a picture from that day of David with hair dripping,
SpongeBob swimsuit and bright blue goggles framing his even brighter blue eyes.
I could make the excuse
that David is somewhat camera shy (true enough), or that he realizes that goggles
can make people look goofy (maybe), but the real reason is that David had
already raced off with my phone to take his own pictures of his favorite
feature at the beach.
You see, much to David’s
delight, our “beach” comes equipped with an elevator.