Saturday, June 26, 2010

To Swim or Not To Swim.......

WPA poster from Library of Congress

Being the contrary person that I am, now that I have decided that it simply isn't possible for me to go swimming, (see my previous post about exercise), I have developed an irresistible urge to GO SWIMMING.


I know who to blame for this conundrum. Bratty Inner Child Julia, of course. The discussion went something like this:

Dr. J: Swimming would be really good exercise for you.
Me: I agree.
BICJ: No way! It's tooooo haaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrdddddd!! And I hate my stupid ugly swimming suit and it's too hard to put on and a real pain to get off and I don't want everybody in the swim club see me walk over to the pool and the chlorine in the pool makes my eyes burn and my skin itch and they don't have shower curtains in the shower so everybody sees everybody else's everything and they have stupid wall mounted hairdryers that just blow your hair so that it looks like a scarecrow and then I'll have to put dumb moisturizer and sunscreen back on a and put all my dopey clothes back on and then I'll be crashed out for the day on the crummy stupid couch and blah blah blah blah.....
Me: I agree.
BICJ: *suspicious silence*
BICJ: But I waaaaaaaannnnnnnaaaaaaaa go swimming!! I like the way it feels bobbing around as if you don't weigh a thing and I can hold my breath and float on my back and just look up at the ceiling or close my eyes and pretend that I'm out at sea and the cool water feels so good especially if I'm all hot and sweaty from getting into my suit and blah blah blah blah blah.....
Me: Sigh. Ok, then. Let's go swimming.
BICJ: But it's toooooooooooo haaaaaarrrrrrrrdddddddddd!!! I don't do haaaaaaarrrrrrrrddddd things!! Waaaaaaaaaa!!
Me: Ok, ok, just settle down, willya? What do you like best about swimming, BICJ?
BICJ: *sniff* Dunno. Grumble.
Me: Is it the cool water? And the nice floaty feeling?
BICJ: I suppose......
Me: Well, how about this? We'll take Maggie and Lulu for a little walk to get our exercise, and then - we'll take a bath in our big ol' bathtub. We can get all nice and cool in the water and since it's a ginormous tub, we can almost float in there. And - then we won't have to shower in the morning! How about it? Huh? Huh?
BICJ: Only if I can have a frozen margarita afterwards.


Jenny P said...

A wonderful compromise! Great mothering skills showing through there, Julia! Although, my BICJ is EXTERMELY jealous of your BICJ for having such a tub. She may not want to speak to you for a while...don't worry, I'll get her a popcicle later and she'll be fine again XD

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Not commenting on your swimming.
Just want to tell you that I am so glad I found your blog. I was told that I have Sjogren's about 5 years ago. Have read a number entries you have shared.
Anyway it is helpful to me since I know of no one with this immune disorder. I am much older then you - in my 70,s and very active.
Think of myself as very healthy but all the little symptoms that are showing up are a part of this disorder. Dry eyes and very sensitive to sunlight, dry mouth,
and many times do not feel like I use to and put it down to age. That is part of it. Will stop sharing. Enjoy your cake.

Julia Oleinik said...

I'm so glad that you found Reasonably Well, too, OWJ. Don't stop sharing - we all learn from each other's experiences.