She is a fun loving individual who will try anything and is one of the most inclusive souls I've ever known. Believe me, she's taught me as much as I hope I've taught her! She has some health problems and a chiropractor suggested she try water aerobics as the impact of regular aerobics would be too harsh for her back and shoulders. She asked me if I'd go with her to a class and being the "friend" that I am, how could I say no? It was only later that I had that "what was I thinking" moment of despair! She is drop dead gorgeous, has a body tinier than I was when I exited the womb 55 years ago and thinks cellulite is something she saw under a microscope in biology class. And of all places, this class was at our Downtown YMCA where all those other 20-somethings go after work to "exercise." OMG, they were ALL going to be in the dressing room laughing at my ugly purple bathing suit which I had to dig out of the back of a drawer and my gosh-awful purple water shoes. Well, what can I say - at least they match my bathing suit and after all, I did tell you my favorite color was purple!
We met in the parking lot of the YMCA, she gets out of the car and the first thing she says is, "don't you dare laugh at my bathing suit!" I promised I wouldn't if she would promise not to laugh at me IN my bathing suit! So, in we went and after I'd paid my $6.00 fee to the current heartthrob at the desk who dropped my money while he gasped in utter adoration at my gorgeous friend, we entered the dreaded dressing room.
Now, I'm going to cut this story short because you get the picture and I'll leave it to your imagination as to how I got my things put in a locker, out of my clothes and from the dressing room into the pool without my friend ever seeing me in the bathing suit without a towel (this would be a BEACH towel) wrapped around me.
But then, things changed! The music started, the teacher started warm-ups, I looked around the class and noted that, of the 10 people, only two appeared older than me. I also failed to mention that I did a water aerobics class three mornings a week for a couple of years back in the early 90's. I knew exactly what I was getting into unlike my friend who had never done an aerobics class of any kind. Let's just say, I totally rocked! I did every movement, every moment and only the leader of the class outdid me! Let's hear it for those 10-mile hikes and thunder thighs!
And you know what else? When that class ended, I was the first one out of the pool and I strutted around for five minutes before ever making it back to the towel rack. Even then, I didn't immediately put the towel around me. Unfortunately, I have to admit the reason for that is I was having a severe hot flash, but none of THEM knew that!
As we made our way back to the locker room, my friend looked at me and said (and I quote!!), "well, alrighty then - that's the last water aerobics class I'm EVER doing with you!"
A rub-a-dub, just relaxin' in the tub
Thinkin' everything was alright
Well, I stepped out the tub, put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me and I
Opened the door, and then I
Splish, splash... I jumped back in the bath.
Well how was I to know there was a party going on?
They was a-splishin' and a'splashin'
Reelin' with the feelin', movin' and a'groovin'
Rockin' and a'rollin', yeah
Bing bang, I saw the whole gang
Dancin' on my living room rug, yeah!
Flip flop, they was donin' the bop
All the teens had the dancin'
But there was lollipop with a Peggy Sue
Good Golly, Miss Mally was-a even there, too!
A- well-a, splish splash, I forgot about the bath
I went and put my dancin' shoes on, yay...
I was a rollin' and a strollin', reelin' with the feelin',
Moving and a groovin', splishin' and a splashin', yeah!
Yes, I was a-splishin'' and a splashin'...
I was a-rollin' and a-strollin'...
Yeah, I was a-movin' and a-groovin' We was a-reelin' with the feelin' We was a-rollin' and a-strollin' Movin' with the groovin' splish splash, yeah!