Saturday, 8 May 2021

The Swimsuit and Memories of Yesteryear

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.”
Khalil Gibran

While visiting my parents recently, they pointed out that they had cleared out a drawer of old swimsuits and were wondering if we wanted any of them. They were kept around over the years in case visitors to their home wished to go swimming in their beautiful indoor pool and did not happen to have a swimsuit with them. Though the standing joke was that swimsuits were optional, I am not aware of any guests choosing that option. I guess that’s just as well.

We looked through the collection and nothing really jumped out, at least not on first inspection. A little later in the visit we gathered as a family to view some old 8mm family movies that one of my brothers had digitized. There were wonderful childhood memories going back a half-century and more.

Suddenly, while seeing my younger self enjoying various water sports, my mouth fell open and my mind froze. Did I see that right? I was soon back among the pile of old swimsuits. Could it be? Yes, it is! 50-years have come and gone since some of those great memories, and I just found my old swimsuit! Let me say that again; 50-years! Other than being a little faded, it is still in really good shape. I still can’t believe it! Maybe this swimsuit belongs in a museum.

Now if only I could still fit into it, that would truly be a miracle. (Ha-Ha)


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