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Topic: Like Living in a Goldfish Bowl (11/07/13)
TITLE: Make Like A Dolphin
By C D Swanson
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One day, about ten years into Nicole’s employ, she was invited to their son’s wedding. The wedding took place at their enormous estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. She’d heard stories of how their mansion was one of the most exclusive, and most unique of all the houses on the shoreline. Not one to be impressed with materialistic components of life, Nicole never paid attention to the details of the house.
The wedding took place in June, and after the nuptials, only a handful of guests were asked to linger for additional festivities. She was one of the “chosen few.”
While the owners had a chef preparing their meals, Nicole decided to accept their offer of a swim in their pool. She changed into her two-piece bathing suit and headed to the pool.
Noticing the high diving board, she smiled, and thought she’d give it a try. After all, her dad had taught her to dive from a very young age, but she hadn’t done so in years, and so it would be a welcome challenge.
The “special” guests were somewhere inside, and she was all “alone.” She approached the steps surreptitiously, and within seconds, found herself on the diving board. The Olympic sized pool, with its turquoise water beckoned, daring her to jump. She heard the whispers of the water tempting her, seducing her. Just then, a hawk flew overhead startling her, and as a result, Nicole went plummeting into the pool.
Upon impact, her bathing suit top popped off. She was on the bottom of the pool panicking. She swam like a dolphin and went in search of her top. Thank goodness no one was around, or so she thought.
She thought she heard faint tapping, but chalked it up to having her ears filled with water. She kept looking for her top, and finally spotted it stuck in the filter at the far end of the pool. Wanting to get there quickly, she swam underwater, and upon reaching it, she pulled it free. Nicole speedily put it on, but not before the damage was done.
You see, this magnificent mansion boasted many amenities that were all equally outstanding. However, the pool was not only magnificent in its outward beauty, it held yet another exceptional component… it was designed and fashioned after an aquarium. The wedding guests were seated in an opulent family room, where the pool was akin to a giant fishbowl for all to see. So while people swam, it could be viewed from the sanctuary of their lavish surroundings. The tapping she'd heard were the guests trying to warn her of her "fishbowl appearance."
Needless to say, Nicole took a short cut across the lawn, and took another dive head first into her car…the tire tracks are still there to this day, or so it’s been told...
Note: “Based on a true story that took place twenty years ago. Humility, prayer, a crazy sense of humor, and the ability to laugh at oneself, ( another gift from God) helped the MC greatly…”
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