I love the smell of chlorine in the morning.
Practices at the IUPUI Natatorium were cancelled
because the Indiana High Shool Athletic Association
was holding the Boys' State Championships
this past weekend. Instead of swimming
I volunteered to be an usher.
Just like last week at the girls' championships,
I was happy to be in the building, sharing
familiar smells and sounds with thousands
of participants and observers.
The boys passed time in the company
of their team-mates, warming up in
the pool, chatting, and playing card games,
The sounds of cheering echoed from the roof
of the Nat, as rhythmic sounds
of the swimmers' kicking added a subtle
background line to the competition.
I wish that sound could be miked and
played during telecasts. Added to the way the
water feels as the swimmer's arms pull
against it, and the way it looks as it rushes by
one's goggles, people might get
some understanding of the pleasure
one feels as one gets stronger
and more confident.
And feeling this is where I belong.