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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Funny (10/04/12)

TITLE: The Swim Cap
By Laura Manley


Beads of perspiration formed on Stephanie's upper lip as she shifted in her seat, eager to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. She jabbed her husband, David in the ribs. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" Stephanie bounced up and down as playful giggles erupted from her. David couldn't resist joining in with a deep laugh.

By the time the couple arrived at the motel, it was well past 90 degrees. “I can’t ever remember being this hot.” Stephanie wiped her forehead with the one remaining napkin from their lunch. She scrunched her face up when she saw the napkin drenched in her sweat and tossed it into the trash.

David checked in for their three-day stay. As they approached their room, Stephanie squealed like a school girl. “Oh, honey, look at that huge swimming pool--and did you see the restaurant inside--and how about the free coffee and cookies in the evening?”

“You don’t miss a thing, do you dear?” David scratched his head with his free hand and smiled.

Stephanie shifted her feet repeatedly and shook her hands in front of her as she waited for David to open the door to their room. Once in, she sprawled on the double bed embracing the cool room air. Stephanie suddenly jumped up from the bed. “Let’s go swimming!”

“Now?” David sunk into a nearby chair, rubbing his face and stretching in an attempt to give life back to his body. “I’m exhausted.”

“Aw, come on, we can rest after a refreshing swim.” Stephanie threw her suitcase onto the bed and started pilfering through the abundance of clothes she had insisted on bringing. “Okay, here are our suits. Let’s get moving.”

Stephanie looked stunning in her turquoise blue swimsuit. As she waited for David to get his suit on, she read the information that was tacked onto the door of their room. "Are you kidding me? David, this says a swim cap is required. It’s a good thing I brought mine just in case.” She pulled the swim cap out of the suitcase and threw it on the bed.

“I HATE swim caps!” As Stephanie made her way to the door, she grabbed the cap that would house her long auburn hair. “Oh well, rules are rules. Let’s go, David.”

The couple stepped out into the hot afternoon sun. As they made the trek to the swimming pool, Stephanie swung her swim cap back and forth in front of her and at her side.

Stephanie continued her less than quiet tirade about the swim cap. “I don’t know why I have to wear this thing. It’s huge and has no real purpose. It’s outrageous that I have to wear one and you don’t. In fact, it’s downright unfair. I’ve seen what women go through to put one of these things on and it isn’t a pretty sight. Whoever designed this thing should be shot at sunrise.”

"Yes, dear." David shuffled along in his sandals.

The couple continued their journey to the pool. Stephanie wondered if she was carrying on just a little too much. There was quite a crowd around the pool and unless she was imagining it, they seemed to be laughing at her and David. She looked behind her to see if there was anyone else the misguided laughter could be directed at, but saw no one.

They entered the pool gate. David placed their beach towels on a couple of nearby lounge chairs. Stephanie stood continuing to swing her swim cap. As she threw it on top of her towel, Stephanie let out a scream even the lobby receptionist must have heard. She swooped up the swim cap and towel and started a path back to their room.

David quickly grabbed his towel and followed. “What’s wrong? I thought you wanted to go swimming.” David threw up his hands as he ran next to Stephanie.

Once back in their room, Stephanie handed David her towel. “Take a look at what’s inside David, then you’ll understand my scream.”

David unwrapped Stephanie's towel and bent over in uncontrollable laughter. Instead of her swim cap, Stephanie had been waving her bra for the whole world to see.

David’s laughter continued as he held the bra up with two fingers. “Planning on growing an extra head, dear?”

Author’s Note: This story is based on a true experience which happened to me back in the 1960’s when swim caps were required often times. I can laugh today, but I was absolutely mortified at the time.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/11/12
I'm still laughing now. This is so hysterical. The fact that it really happened makes it even funnier! I do love it though and can appreciate your mortification and am thankful that women don't have to wear them now (unless they are on a swim team--it is funny watching my girls try to get all of their hair into it. My one daughter always needed someone to help her.) You did a fantastic job on this one. :)
C D Swanson 10/11/12

I loved this. Great job, so well written, and hysterically funny. Thanks.

God bless~
Wilma Schlegel10/11/12
I've heard similar experiences, your story really is hilarious! Funny how brave we are when we don't realize what's really happening!
Nicely written.
lynn gipson 10/12/12
Now days a lot of people out there wouldnt give that a second thought, but in the 60's (I was there) Stephanie might as well have taken her clothes off!...I laughed so hard at this one. Great job!
Myrna Noyes10/14/12
Very funny (and for Stephanie, EMBARRASSING) story! Sometimes the funniest things are the true-life ones that horrify us at the time, but make us laugh later! Nice job telling this!
Marie Hearty 10/15/12
This is a very funny story. Your descriptions of the characters and their movements were very well written, and I could picture the husband so tired, sinking into his chair, and his wife's excitement at everything she saw. Good job.

God bless!
Noel Mitaxa 10/16/12
Yes, this is very funny. But as a hopefully sensitive male of equally hopefully sensitive vintage - it may be safest for me to not try to explain why :-)
lynn gipson 10/16/12
Glad to see you here...once again, a great read! Loved it.
Brenda Rice 10/16/12
Great story, well written and definately on topic. Good job.
Judy Sauer 10/17/12
This was well written and funny. Keep it up.
lynn gipson 10/18/12
Hey, hey, hey!! Told you to move up....Congrats! So happy for you girl....

God Bless, Lynn
Bea Edwards 10/18/12
Fabulous, funny and a bit fruity-
Well done and Congratulations!
C D Swanson 10/19/12
Congrats and God Bless~