Spritely

Posted on August 12th, 2013 in Just For Fun, Magical Monday

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There was something holy about swimming on a Sunday morning.

No preacher lectured, no hymn was sung save for the humid breeze, still damp from last night’s rain.  Even the doves perched on the lawn chairs with bowed heads, their beaks buried in solemn prayer into their feathered chests.  The lifeguard dozed in his open box of an office.  Peering over the cement edge, she smothered a giggle as his phone tumbled from his lax fingers below his lawn chair.  Music burst from the tiny speakers, but the lifeguard snored on.

She laid back and drew her arms to her hip bones, her feet sweeping out and in with perfect rhythm to the faint beat.  The trees swayed in the breeze, the long mesquite veils tickling the  dry grass back and forth.  The doves bobbed their heads and a few flapped their wings.

Encouraged, she dove down and jeted across the pool, leaping up to a gasp of sun and air.  The music swelled and she flung her arms out, slapping down onto the surface like a star.  Just as fast, her arms and legs contracted into a ball and she spun, twisting and spinning from one ladder to the other.  Climbing up, she tottered on the edge of the pool, her left arm curled over her head and her right leg bent behind her.  She raised her face to the sun and smiled to her audience.  The doves blinked.

She flipped back and down, twisting again and again before coming up to the applause of a thousand tiny drops.  The birds scattered, seeking refuge in the trees and the lifeguard jolted awake to a clap of thunder.  But the bright streak across the still blue sky was not a bolt of lighting, but a single sunbeam bathing her in warmth.

For only a water sprite can move the heavens to both laugh and cry.

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12 Responses to “Spritely”

  1. JDaniel4's Mom Says:

    What a lovely picture this paints.

  2. Couture Carrie Says:

    How lovely!
    I need a swim ;)

    xoxox,
    CC

  3. Life with Kaishon Says:

    I love how you tell stories : )
    You are one of my favorite writers.

  4. Tamara Says:

    So lovely. It also makes me a touch sad that fall is coming. I know it has its own loveliness…but I can’t deal with the end of summer.

  5. Sara Says:

    Oh this is great! I have not been swimming yet this year! I need to get on that.

  6. ladyfi Says:

    Oh, I loved this. And so glad to see you find a way to leave me a comment on my blog… I’ve tried everything I can from my end to sort out the problem…

  7. Pam Says:

    Beautifully written.

  8. Kim of A Very Sweet Blog Says:

    So awesome. :D

  9. Natasha Says:

    Such a beautiful, poetic piece.

  10. Marjie Says:

    A pretty summer story, dear Duckie. Hope you had a splendid weekend!

  11. Shawn Says:

    So lovely! Really wish I could write as beautifully as you do.

  12. Reeni Says:

    So sweet! Your writing is only getting better and better! I posted the review! It’s on my tuna casserole post. Sorry it took like. . . forever.

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