Swallows and smiles

During the summertime our public pool is packed, so I swim very early in the morning.
It’s 7AM and I’m already half way through my one-mile swim.
I am on my back looking at the clouds and trying to avoid the burning sun. It’s shining and blinding me as if I’m sitting in a police station and someone trying to examine me using questionable methods.
Then I notice the swarm of birds, at least a dozen of them. They circle up high over the pool, and then they come lower and lower. They are tiny, and they fly so fast. I see a sparkle of blue, but it’s the split tail that gives them away. Swallows. They say that one swallow doesn’t make a summer, well, that seems to be right. Then, one of them flies so low she opens her beak and scoops a drop of chlorinated water. The rest of the flock keep their distance, but it’s obvious that they are keeping an eye, watching her.
Then another one drinks, and another.
I stop at the shallow water. I came for a morning swim, and I found myself on a spectacular show. My smile is so wide that my cheeks ache, but I can’t stop smiling. It’s so beautiful.
None of the other swimmers seem to notice. They continue to swim back and forth. The lifeguard seems to be sleeping behind his shades.
I can’t believe they are missing it, but then I realize – The swallows are like the gorilla in the room. So unexpected that no one sees it.

 

 

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