I’m sitting here by a crystal blue lagoon-shaped pool, the sun reflecting off the water, off the broad shiny leaves of the green and red foliage, off my spf30-lotion-soaked skin.
It’s been a long time since I’ve spent a lazy day poolside, when the boys tossing the ball in the pool were my boys and the girl splashing across the water with the pink snorkeling flippers and mask was my Anna.
When the kids were small we lived at the local pool every afternoon following swim lessons.
I made sure they all learned how to swim.
Add that to my lifetime list of achievements:
1. Gave birth to four children
2. Kept them all alive
3. Made sure they knew how to read
4. Made sure they knew how to swim
Not as impressive as receiving a Nobel Peace Prize, traveling to the moon, saving lives in operating rooms, saving lives from a police cruiser, saving lives from burning buildings, creating jobs, having a job . . .
Not very impressive at all really, by most standards.
It seemed important at the time.