4 hours ago
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I chat to my eldest daughter on her return from a marathon camping trip, together with her sack of laundry.
We play catch up and exchange whilst the washing machine whirs.
"Hard to believe they're back at school already. It still seems like summer."
"Yes I know but we should still be able to squeeze in a swim as homework hasn't started yet."
"I'm amazed then can all swim now!"
"Yes, we're so lucky."
"Luck and a pool. Doesn't get much better than that."
"I know. Don't know how we'll cope when it gets cold again."
"But it never really gets cold here. It's California afterall."
"The water in the pool gets cold fast and then no more swimming."
"Well there's always next year."
"Oh I know that!"
"We'll be back to the nightmare of baths and showers."
"Oh yes. I was forgetting."
"Right now they're all as clean as whistles every day."
"Chemically hygienic clean! Positively squeaky!"
"I don't know if I'm ready to start another de-sensitization campaign?"
Nonna appears in the kitchen.
"I want.......you know.......do I have time?"
"I have time for a swim? It will save me having to wash."