Today I went to a town-regulated pool. Yesterday I had asked if swimfins were allowed, and was told yes. And sure enough, today I brought my mermaid tail - after all, it has a monofin in it, right?
Well, the pool was almost empty when I arrived, and I sat just by the water to put my feet inside the monofin, and I finished pulling the tail up in the water. It was exhilarating when I began to swam with it, after one year of not using it. And this time, there were no waves, no muddy water and no sand to bother me. So I swam one length of the pool and when I was coming back I saw a staff person waiting for me by the side of the pool. My first thought was that I was going to be asked to take it off, but then the girl just kneeled down and asked "Would it be OK if I took a picture of you?". I was so relieved it was not against the rules! And of course, I sat in the edge and she took the pics. We chatted for a bit; she said a co-worker had said to her "You have a mermaid in lane one". She was curious and she came by to check; she said she had never seen something like it.
After some minutes more staff came - some were literally speechless; one asked if she could touch my tail (my fabric tail!) and she kept saying "It´s so cool!".
But the best part was when the kids came for a lesson. The staff said "Hey guys, look, we have a mermaid in the pool!" Oh my... It was all shouts, mesmerized looks, questions... One kid said "It's a real mermaid" and his friend said, "No it is not, she is wearing a costume", but the kid insisted ""It's a real mermaid!". That was so so sweet. They asked if they could touch me, asked me to swim for them, how do I get out, it is really real... It was so much fun.
Now that I have seen it is not against regulations, I will keep bringing the tail to the pool. Hell yes! I need to perfect my movements. I was exhausted when I left, so hopefully I will begin to develop strenght in my core muscles and legs.
I have seen that some parts of the tail have suffered a bit with friction when walls or bottom where touched. But I rather have a worn-out tail that a like-new one. Now that Kirsten Söller sells replacement skins I can buy another one if mine breaks.
I'll let you know how things go tomorrow!
|Happy mermaid is happy!|