By Tahleen Nabors
In a letter to her siblings when I was just shy of 15 months old, my mother describes my first contact with the sea:
"I wish you could have seen ‘Tareen’ walk right out into the ocean with all the courage of a grownup, till her feet were covered, then down she sat to splash... Maybe she’ll be a great swimmer someday if she starts so early..."
Though she couldn’t have known it at the time, Mother certainly was on to something. Though the letter speaks of a time long ago – it is dated December 2, 1932 – my love of the water started early and has never faded.
In the 1960s, our community pool in Fort Washington, Md., was built. I used to go daily with our two sons, who are both excellent swimmers. I formed part of the Aqua Gems, a synchronized swimming group that put on shows! My scrapbook contains a small American National Red Cross certificate dated August 25, 1971, commending me for swimming 50 miles that summer.
In the 1990s we built our own backyard pool. Though I was only able to use it during the summer, I swam assiduously, counting laps. Not surprisingly, there was never a doubt in my mind that the retirement home we sought would have a year-round pool. So here I am at Asbury Solomons, with the special encouragement of lifeguard Becky, racking up the laps until I will soon have another certificate proving that since March of this year I’ve swum 50 miles.
Swimming is relaxing and at the same time energizing. It’s a workout that does not tire me out. Swimming makes me feel graceful, keeps me fit and I truly enjoy it. I am so thankful to have found a place like Asbury Solomons with its wonderful pool that enables me to keep alive my lifelong love of water!