Tuesday, March 01, 2005
some random person taking a plunge at Lighthouse Park: Jupiter, FL
Picture provided by: jupiter-rope-swings
I just had to find a picture of a good rope swing before I tell you this story. Here is the best free picture I could find in ten minutes. (Hey, it's time to make dinner)Some company wants a startling $129 for a picture just like the one above (Ridiculous)
Well, when LG and I had been married about a year, I was privileged to be a leader at another girls camp for the church. This camp experience was really fun. Probably because I didn't have a whole lot of responsibilites except to teach some clases and help other leaders out as needed.
The camp lasted a week up in the mountains in Utah. It was a beautiful place. By Wednesday night I really missed my new husband. So, you can imagine my surprise when on Thursday morning my knight in shining armor drove up a day earlier than expected. I was so happy to see him! LG had brought his mom and dad and sister with him. They had come to just say Howdy, but I ended up leaving with them because my responsibilities were really through, and I REALLY missed my husband. Plus, I thought it was more important to spend time with his family who had come all the way from Tennessee.
Well, before we were to leave, I had to give LG and his family a small tour of the campsight. I showed them the pavilion, the biffies, the girls' tee-pees, and all the other points of interest. We ended the tour or maybe I should say I put an automatic stop to the tour at the small lake. I showed them the canoes and told them about the lakeside meeting we had on the first night where there were candles all afloat and a fire burning in the middle of the lake. We all stood on a small dock as I played tour guide.
At the end of the conversation, I told them about the recreation time we had, just that morning. I said, "The girls really liked this rope swing." There was just one small rope swing that hung off a pole on the teeny dock. As I said this, I grabbed the rope swing and swung out over the water. The only problem was, I didn't land back on the dock as I had intended.
I plunged down to the bottom of the lake fully clothed, leaving my four family members there in astonishment. Now, you know I am Crazy Ali and so, they were really trying to figure out if I was playing some kind of joke or if I had my swimsuit on underneath or if I dove in on purpose for their reaction.
To my dismay and utter embarassment, it was none of the reason above. My hands had just slipped, leaving me under the water trying to figure out how I could swim away. I was thinking, "If I stay under here long enough maybe they will go away". Well, they didn't. I surfaced with a squeal, at which point, they knew I hadn't intended to take the swim. Their howls of laughter almost made my embarassment worth it.
But, for now, I am not going near any rope swings when fully clothed.