So yesterday was D-DAY ! Madame Instructress dropped the bombshell !
"Today we're gonna put down our boards and we're gonna ———" Gonna what ?? Swim without a board ? Never . Negatory . Nooit . Not gonna happen . Not in this lifetime . Read my lips . THE BOARD STAYS .
Meanwhile , Madame Instructress smiles , graciously . My heart is thumping , louder and louder . She's gotta be kidding me ! I had been doing fairly well up until that point (with the help of the board , of course). I had managed to keep my head under water , simultaneously kicking my legs and propelling my body forward ! And all this with my eyes open . For me , that was MAJOR progress .
To cut a long story short . I have a vivid recollection of the SECOND lesson WITHOUT the board .
Madame Instructress : How are you today ?
(What a question . What do you think ?)
Me : I've been better , thanks .
(Actually , I think I've relapsed . Back to square 1.)
Madame Instructress : And so have I … been better , I mean …
Me : Oh , have you been ill ?
(She seemed okay at the last lesson . Though I can't really remember …)
Madame Instructress : Not really . Just nursing a tender patch on my arm (points to her upper arm)
I notice faint , blue marks on her upper arm .
Me : Oh , did you fall again ?
(She does seem to be accident-prone . Was even knocked over by one of the kids she tutors .)
Madame Instructress : No . This is where you gripped me . Held on for dear life . Panicked when you couldn't feel the wall in front of you .
Me : It's a wonder you didn't charge me for GBH ? (Trying desperately to lighten the moment of awkwardness …)
AND BY THE WAY , I HOPE THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR DIAL . AND I HOPE THE SMILE IS ONE OF SUPPORT FOR MY AMBITION – NOT FOR ANY OTHER REASON … LOL …