She was in the pool again today. And once again, her movements puzzled me as to their form and purpose.
Just like those times when you see a woman with an errant clothing tag jutting out from her blouse for all to see her dress size, or a skirt partially hitched to the elastic waistband of an undergarment: I wondered if I should say something to her.
After all it was none of my business.
Typically though, it is my way to alert women-folk whenever I see their garments misbehaving; so why not also when spine, elbows, and shoulders are misaligned, and they are standing too deep in the water to reap any real benefit in terms of a cardio-vascular work-out?
But then again the woman in the pool was of a different ethnicity to me; hesitating, I wondered how she would react if I did say something to her.
In the end, my curiosity won out.
‘Excuse me,’ I said. ‘But do you mind me asking you a couple of questions?’
Even though her face wore an expression of surprise, her response was polite: ‘No, I don’t mind.’
As I suspected, she was in pool because of doctor’s orders.
‘Do you mind then if I make a couple of suggestions to improve your workout?’
‘No, I don’t mind,’ she said.
A willing student, she faithfully followed my movements and listened to the reasons for my suggestions.
‘How does that feel?’ I asked.
A smile and a nod was her initial response.
‘Good,’ she replied. ‘I must get swimming lessons.’
‘Well, if you do, what you’ve learned today will help.’
‘You swim beautifully,’ she said.
I smiled as I said: ‘Thank you.’
Afterwards, from the side of the pool, I noted her improved posture and leg movements. Good deed done, I walked away from the pool.
Enjoying a sudden sensation of elation, I felt twice-blessed.
After gathering enough gumption to make a difference in someone else’s life, the experience was made all the sweeter and richer by her unexpected gift of a compliment.
Copyright Jo 2016