it is still HOT ! HOT ! HOT!
some days been 36 - 38 degrees.
i feel it the most, when there is NO POWER.
even ceiling fans, that blow about HOT air is good.
i was talking to the children and discovered there is a
that we can go to.
oh ! my goodness!!!
you can't even imagine how quickly i talked to the right people, to get these details.
A SWIMMING POOL.
hope it's clean.....
YESTERDAY we decided to go along, for the early morning session.
from 5 am - 7 am is for the men.
7 am - 10 am is for the ladies.
all sounded good, so far.
i asked aileena, to come to my room, and advise me which togs i should wear.
after looking, and discussing how much flesh is showing, it was decided the turquoise pair would be fine.
and besides, it is only women.
i was going to take alieena and saiful with me,
they were excited.
bed early ( for indian children), they set their alarms for 6.00 am.
i don't know what their poor mothers thought, as it is hard to get them out of bed, to go to school.
and here they were, alarm set.
its quite amazing the
POWER OF AN ADVENTURE.
we were all awake, in fact they came to me early..
so excited. the big beautiful smiles on their faces.
the driver, took us to
it is part of a school, complex.
we paid our 100rp ($2) .
signed the book.
got an official receipt.
and went in.
WHAT A SIGHT !!!!
but.... what do i see in the pool ??
anyway, we went to change room, all clean, had to shower.
THOSE ARE THE RULES.
got in the shallow end,
why does water feel sooo good?.
the 2 children have a basic understanding of swimming.
aileena, is serious. she wants to learn. not a lot of playing for her.
saiful, he is fun, he doesn't want to learn. all play for him.
me, i am just happy to be in the cool water.
we had 2 hours in the water, our skin resembled prunes.
got auto home. and plans were being made for a trip today (5th),
this time with 2 more children.
one boy, shaban, it is his 10th birthday today. so that worked out well, as an outing for him.
apparently, 100 rp buys you 1 hour in the pool.
yesterday we stayed 2 hours.
today, the children had planned on staying till 10.00am.( 3 hours)
are you wondering if there is a life guard???
he is dressed in white shorts.
walks around the pool.
keeps an eye on us.
he is beautifully bronzed.
he has white hair.
( no not sun bleached)
my guess, his age would be in the late 60's.
not once did i see his swimming skills.
today, he had assessed my swimming skills, and declared that i would be allowed to go in the deep in.
the view from the ladies change room.
4 pairs of VERY WRINKLED FEET.
2 girls, 2 boys.
all related, somehow.
now, 4 pairs of EVEN MORE WRINKLED HANDS.
when we finished, we sat in the warmth of the sun, had biscuit's and water that i had bought.
the children had said, they don't need to bring food, for after swimming.
who amongst us, would ever believe that children would not be hungry and thirsty after 1 1/2 hours of swimming.
and they were on the go all the time.
what they liked doing the best, was going UNDERGROUND.
i had to keep correcting them, you are going UNDERWATER.
then the call to me. DEBBIE AUNTY ! DEBBIE AUNTY !
then i had to count to 3, and then they would hold their noses,
take a big breath
for as long as they could hold their breath.
in the meantime, i am watching and counting the seconds for each child.
it did become a competition.
and i did cheat, sometimes with counting the seconds.
it was a fun way, of getting them used to putting their heads underwater.
i am dreaming, i have found the perfect place, to go to.
early, before it gets too hot.
somewhere for exercise .
only to discover today
that the pool will close on 15th october
i can't even comprehend that winter in india starts in 10 days.
my goodness! what a mighty change will need to blow over this sub contentant.