Throwback Thursday — Learning to Swim

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren chose the topic of “Going to the Movies.”

Lauren simply wants to know how, when, where, and why did you learn to swim?

I was debating about whether or not to respond to this prompt because, quite honestly, there wasn’t anything interesting about my learning how to swim. Nothing funny or tragic, entertaining or engaging about how I learned to swim.

We used to swim at a community pool when I was a kid and I would go there just about every weekend during the summer. I didn’t really know how to swim, but I loved being in the water and splashing around. My older sisters often came to the pool, too. Apparently one of the lifeguards had a big crush on one of my sisters and she asked him if would teach me to swim. Rumor has it that she hinted that she would “put out” for him if he succeeded. I guess he was motivated because by the end of that weekend I was swimming like a fish.

Did she actually put out for him? Hey, she was my big sister. I’ll never tell!

12 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday — Learning to Swim

  1. Lauren April 14, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    Thanks for joining in and for the huge belly laugh. In my opinion, you had a great story to tell, or not to tell.

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      • Carol anne April 14, 2022 / 5:03 pm

        Found a bunch of old posts in my inbox from last year going through them that is why you might see a lot of likes I am able to like them but not comment so I am liking what I read hope you don’t mind all the lakes your phone is probably blinking every second 😀

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  2. Nope, Not Pam April 14, 2022 / 3:25 pm

    I went to swimming lessons about five years ago, I still sink like a rock

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  3. Marleen April 14, 2022 / 7:51 pm

    You found a way to make your story interesting. As for me, kinda boring. I was going to say I learned at a YMCA. I did a lot of swimming, including taking more and more advanced classes, outside at a park in Normandy, Missouri… diagonally across a highway from Pasadena Hills (where I attended my Presbyterian nursery school for two years and, years later, my one and only public school for a few years). However, I vaguely remember going somewhere else to get acclimated to big water, much earlier (as an infant with my mother). I don’t know where that somewhere was, but it was indoors. The main reason this pool attendance happened was, originally, because my mom couldn’t swim and didn’t want me to have that handicap. I thank her for this consideration. I followed suit and made sure my kids had formal teachers for this. Mom didn’t like swimming. Since I did, I ended up with an individual membership to go to the neighborhood pool throughout most of my childhood. Yeah, I stopped with memberships in high school; still took lifesaving lessons at some pool inside in the winter. I got through junior lifesaving, I didn’t complete senior lifesaving. In my life, my dad didn’t really like swimming either. He would do it sometimes. Yet, for the most part, when he got involved with water, it was to either go fishing as at a place where we owned a lake lot earning us entry for a communitye we drive an hour to arrive at — or he’d go canoeing. I did like canoeing too.

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    • Marleen April 14, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      Neither the YMCA (I think there’s a funeral home there now) nor the Normandy Presbytetian (as hardly anyone goes to church anymore) is there at this time; longtime the case. I have a cousin who moved back, though, after living places like Town and Country or Chesterfield. A few cousins and I have warm memories of the neighborhood.

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  4. Astrid April 15, 2022 / 3:41 am

    You found a way to turn your story into something funny after all! 😀

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  5. leigha66 May 31, 2022 / 1:48 am

    I have vauge memories of taking group swim lessons to get a tag to swim at the pool. As I recall I passed but never went on to advanced classes. Mostly I just splash in the water to get from point A to B.

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