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Topic: Funny (10/04/12)
TITLE: The Swim Cap
By Laura Manley
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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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