Thursday, July 16, 2015

Swimming pool

Today, the Complete and Total Loser went to the swimming pool where he spent many happy childhood summer days with friends and family. The pool, he sees now, is tiny. It can't be more than fifteen yards long. But it was on a nice college campus and there was a large pond nearby with a small waterfall, geese, ducks, turtles and fish. The Loser and one of his two older brothers would put towels around their necks and pretend they were superheros wearing capes.
A memory the Loser has is of seeing a girl, older, with short hair, walking toward the Loser to talk to his oldest brother, who was 14. The girl is singing the song Reach Out of the Darkness, by Friend & Lover. "I think it's so groovy now, that people are trying to get together, think it's wonderful to know that people are finally getting together." The song was current then, meaning that the year was 1968. The Loser never spoke to the girl and he misheard the song and for decades would think it's, "It's the one who buys the house, where people are finally getting together," which of course makes no sense. 
small outdoor swimming pool on Eastern University campus
The small, outdoor swimming pool on Eastern University's campus.

1 comment:

  1. A small pool, but a smashing place to swim, no doubt! I can't get that bloody song out of my head now!