When's the last time you collided, headfirst, with a 11-12 year-old kid with Down Syndrome? and it was YOUR fault?
Um, could it be NEVER? Would NEVER be the right answer??
Day three of my swim extravanganza. So far, (that would be the past two times), I've been sharing the if-it-were-any-slower-you'd-be-walking lane with a kid with Down Syndrome. He's awesome. His coach walks alongside the lane; this kid is a machine. He just goes and goes. Since there's just the two of us, we each take 1/2 of one lane, swimming up and down our half.
Half-way thru this morning's swim, some guy--in a blue speedo, of course--asks if he can share the lane. I say sure. This means we now have to circle swim--up one side, down the other. So I start doing that. Until this kid's coach asks me if I want to keep doing it. I say, well, aren't there three of us now? "Err, no," he says.
(Remember I can't see? I need to get those prescription goggles, or something soon, before I wreak more havoc.)
Apparently blue-speedo guy asked me to circle swim and then left the lane without telling me.
I go back to swimming in my 1/2 lane. No more circling.
This morning was tougher than last week. I think because it was light out at 6:15. I don't like seeing what i'm doing wrong. There was sputtering, and panic, and anxiety. I was trying to relax--but don't stop that counting!--and I got into a groove a few times.
If you recall, bad things happen when I relax.
This morning, as I'm relaxing, getting into the groove, dreaming of swimming in the Schuykill, I relaxed right back into circle swimming. Which, if you recall, we were now NOT doing. I neglected to tell my little friend though, who of course was doing his workout PERFECTLY. Bastard!
And...ka-boom. I hit the poor kid right in the face.
But really. I mean REALLY! He stopped, looked at me, and continued.
I sputtered, muttered I'm sorry, my fault, over and over like a mantra.
Me=Grown Up Adult Who Knows What She Is Doing.
Him=Kid With Down Syndrome Who Now Knows Never to Trust Adults.
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