Saturday, September 18, 2010

Late summer swim

The days left for a dip in the pool are few, as the approaching autumn creeps ever closer. The warm weather of the day whispers for me to take advantage while the getting is still good, so I pull myself from the lull of college football to don my suit for what may be the last weekend of the year.

Darby loves the pool like he loves most other things in his world - wholeheartedly. I lean over him and softly speak the phrase reserved for this particular joyous occasion, "Want to go swimmin' with bowlegged women?" While pop culture is locked on, "We're gonna need a bigger boat," the toast made by Robert Shaw has always stuck with me and now, through repetition, is stuck with Darby as the opening salvo to pool time.

We head out back. Darby hasn't had pool time in a couple of weeks, and it shows. Before I've dipped my own body in further than the third step, Darby tumbles into the water. He never actually means to go in, but his love of snapping at splashes combined with his far-less-than-graceful countenance frequently results in an accidental swim.

Being so close to the steps, he lurches for the coping, pulling himself up and out almost as quickly as he went in. Two good body shakes and he's right back where he started, toes clinging to the edge, tail high in a tense vibration, ears forward, eyes locked on my hands, waiting for the next splash to snap.

Watching this display for maybe the four dozenth time this year (he falls in a lot), I'm reminded of the part of his personality I love the most. He cares not about the slip and fall. Unlike the cats, Darby could care less about appearing a fool. He is enthralled by the moment. If he falls, he falls. He gets back up, shakes himself off, and gets right back in the game. No mere moment of embarrassment is going to keep him from doing what he loves to do. No amount of laughing and pointing will deflate his joy. He is living.

In doing so, he reminds me to do the same.


AngelPups said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and following our blog! This post is wonderful and it is so true about our pups just loving us and having fun, no concerns for appearances or judgments ;-) The time is past for "pool time" in our neck of the woods (N.E.) but, if you browsed any of our older posts, I'm sure you the many photos and video of our babies in the water ;-)
So happy to get to know you!
Kelly & Crew
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie

road-dog-tales said...

Oh, yeah, we love swimming, too! Good to meet you - we're following back! We'll come back again to see what you guys are up to! PeeS - Mom says Col. Potter on Mash used to sing that song about the bow-legged wimmen, too:)
The Road Dogs


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