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In my rebellious stage (like, four years old) my dad told me that it was against the law not to take a shower before you go to the pool and that there were security cameras hidden in the showerheads and if you forget to take a shower the police would get you and you would go to jail for the rest of your life. I was scared into taking at least two showers before going to the pool and looked nervously at the showerheads. This was up until I forgot to shower, and all I got was the lifeguard telling me to do so.
What about Water Fairies? When I was 4, my big sister showed me he water fairies underwater at the bottom of the pool. Now, when you're four... those tiny blurry tingies at the bottom of the pool look kind of magical when you're floating around down there, and they float and shimmer around. We would always try and catch one, make a wish, then set her free again to get our wish. *Still today, as a grown woman, I always stop to try and find tiny fairies under the water, wherever I swim, remembering that memory, and passing it on to other kids.
When I was little, my older brother told me the water that comes out of your goggles when you take them off after swimming was eyeball juice that the goggles sucked out of your eyes. I was scared to put on goggles for weeks.
When I was around five or six years old I discovered that putting my private parts near the place in the pool where water came out felt really good. I didn't understand it. I somehow thought that I was refilling my bladder. One day, I had been doing that for a while when my Mom asked what I was doing. I said "nothing." My mom then whispered something to her friend. It was not until about 6 years later that I discovered that what I had been doing was called "masturbation." I then remembered that incident and was horrified to know that I had been masturbating in public and that my mother and her friend knew about it.
I remember when i was very little, about 3, my cousin came over one day (she has VERY blonde hair), and her hair was all green. my mom said it was because she had gone swimming, and the chlorine caused her hair to turn that color. i was SO scared that my hair (which is brown) would also turn green if it ever touched the water in a pool, so for the longest time, i completely avoided going underwater. i had this fear for many years, and one day during swimming lessons when i was 5, a boy hugged me while we were still in the pool. when he did this, i toppled over, and my head got wet for the first time in years! i was traumatized and thought my hair would turn green instantly. i started crying so hysterically that the instructor let me leave early. what a childhood!
my Dad told me ice rinks were defrosted every evening and turned into swimming pools
I used to beleive that sharks lived in swimming pool drains and would come out and try to eat me. I would constantly be looking around for sharks when I would get up the courage to actually get in the pool. I also thought they could come out of the bathtub drain as well.
Up until I was around 12 I was scared to swim in public pools, because they had designs on the bottom, which I always thought to myself was either a giant squid or a human eating vacuum.
Someone told me that a girl going through puberty had a period in the pool. I did not really want to go in the pool again after he said that.
My Grandma's sister lived in a granny flat at the back of my Grandma's house. There was an above-ground pool behind the flat that I used to swim in.
When I was little, my Grandma's sister would watch from her front door and everytime I was about to jump in the ppol, she'd scream out, "LOOK OUT!! There's a shark in there with it's mouth open and you're gonna jump straight into it's mouth!!"
Because she used to do this, I used to think there were sharks living in the shadowy side of the pool (Eventhough I couldn't see them). I used to make my Pop come down and sit beside to pool all day just to make sure the sharks wouldn't eat me... haha
when I was little I thought that if you swam over the grate of a swimming pool in the deep end you would get sucked down under water and drown.
When we were very young, my sister and I wrote letters to President Reagan. My sister asked him to "change the rules" so that we would be allowed to run while we were playing around the swimming pool.
When I was about three, Southern Bell (one of the phone companies) had this commercial with an announcer guy and a woman at a hotel pool. The woman dove in and the announcer pulled this string and sharks came out of this holding cell, and the woman managed to get out in enough time. Because of that, I believed that there were sharks in a bin at every swimming pool, so a few months later when I started taking swimming lessons at the YMCA, I dove in the pool to go look for the sharks myself and was very mad when the instructors found me and wouldn't let me swim the rest of the day.
I went to Catholic School and occasionally swam at a Catholic (Knights of Columbus) pool. Most of the other kids on my block went to public school and swam at a public pool.
Naturally, I thought there were two types of people in the world: Catholics, and "Publics".
It wasn't until an exotic (Jewish) family moved into the neighborhood that I was forced to re-examine my views on comparative religions.
I used to believe that in swimming pools with the thick black lines seperating the lanes, that if i stepped or touched one of the black lines sharks would come out and get me. Thank you brother.
When I took swimming lessons I thought that if I didn't flush the toilet after using it, the pool would open up and swallow me. I always flushed.
When I was about 2 or 3 hurricane Camille (I think) came close to the Tampa Bay area. My grandfather kept telling me to stay in the house, away from the porch, because there was a hurricane outside.
They were in the middle of building a pool in the back yard so I thought the pool had something to do with it. I kept thinking a giant KING (thinking he meant Harry King, not to be confused with Larry King) was coming out of the ground to because we had disturbed his place.
God I miss those innocent days.
When i was around 4 we had a big pool in our back garden , i didn't know how to swim , meaning that my parents never even let me go near the deep end ( even if i did have those blow up arm things) ... after one close incident , my parents got me into believing that the reason why they didn't want me in the deep end was because a mean monster called Madame Hozze ( hozze meaning small pool in farsi) lived in the deep end ...and that she swallowed all children and that after they never saw their moms and dads again .. .i was traumatized ..and therefore didn't swim for years !
when I was 4, my friend had a pool in her backyard. one day I really wanted to go for a swim, so I asked her if we could swim in her pool. she replied that a monster lived in it and that if we went in it would drag us in and eat us. I stayed away from her pool from that day and was afraid of swimming for a while after that.
when i was like 7 or 8 i believed that in pools the filters on the side would suck you in and never let you go so i would always go under the water so i would get sucked in