“Good Morning” The bedroom was filled with the freshness when he greeted her first in the morning. Pushing back the curtains and letting the sunshine in, he said, “Made up your mind?”
‘Oh no!’ thought Mrs Chitterchatter to herself (most of the times, what she thinks can be heard by those around her ?). “Is it morning already?”, she speculated aloud. “I am still sleepy”, she continued.
All throughout the night she had kept on tossing and turning. The thought of the nightmare  to face next day, gave her a sleepless night. She knew that there was no escape. She had to face it. She had tried her level best to avoid it so far.
Little puzzled? Not your fault. I should have informed about it earlier.
Mrs Chitterchatter dreaded water. Rest of the family took to waters like the fish! She on the other hand was much happier to sit and relax at the poolside reading a book. Every time she was coaxed to join them in the pool, she would come up with variety of excuses that ranged from I don’t have a swimming costume; I can’t think of tan; I may catch cold and blah blah blah!
The summers were around the corner. The family (read except Mrs Chitterchatter) had decided to go for a swim every day. Mr Balanced had gifted Mrs Chitterchatter a swimming suit, few weeks back(she had shoved it to the back of the wardrobe).
Mr Balanced, Giant Little Kid and Innocent Baby hatched a plan over a week end. They informed Mrs Chitterchatter that she must give them company in the pool else there would be a hunger strike! All they had requested was her presence in the pool and not by the poolside.
The day had dawned. Mr Balanced brewed a fresh cup of coffee for Mrs Chitterchatter and there he was.
“I am feeling feverish”
“Let me check”, said he while putting his hand on her forehead. “Oh my goodness! You are absolutely normal”, he said laughing.
“I have a headache”
“Taken tuition from Innocent Baby for baking stale excuses?”, he asked. “Dont worry, I have a solution. Here is your favourite drink. A hot cup of coffee does wonders!”
“But its not my cup of tea”, she protested.

By now the children also had gathered around the bed.
“Mom, dad had got you a cup of coffee. Its not tea”, said the Innocent Baby after breathing in the aromatic vapours from the cup.
Men in the house couldn’t stop laughing!
“Have it Mom”, persisted the girl, “You will feel fresh. And Don’t worry I will never not let you drawn”, said she going closer and giving a bear hug to her mother.
Gentle pleading from the daughter, a nudge from the son and the assurance from the better half helped her muster some courage. The family was seen near the poolside soon. Pearls of the sweat had gathered on her forehead. The heart beat had paced up. She felt weak at knees.
To cheer her up, Mr Balanced complimented her new look. Giant Little Kid clicked a selfie with her. Forcing a smile at that juncture was a herculean task for her. Innocent Baby dived into the pool and waved at her mother. “I am here to hold you Mom”
Mr Balanced held her hand firmly. She felt little better. Holding his hands, she approached the pool.
“Wait. I think water is cold”, she said. Sitting at the edge carefully, she dipped a toe in the pool. It sent shivers down her spine. Tears welled up. Mr Balanced helped her get on to her feet.
“Take two deep breaths and follow me”, he said. He took her to the shallow part of the pool.

“Oh my God! I am drowning. Holy cow, its going to be my last. God save me. Its a going to be a watery grave for me”, she screamed at the top of her voice, tightening her grip on Mr Balanced’s wrist, her eyes closed tightly.

“I am going to loose my right hand for sure”, said Mr Balanced tapping her on her shoulders.

“What?”, she checked with him, opening her eyes.

“Pool is only 2 feet here”, he informed her calmly,  “and my right hand has lost every bit of sensation. Mind loosening your grip?”

“Hehehehe….” came a loud outburst. “Forgot that I measure well above 5 feet”, she said. Gone was fear and in was lightness, enough to buoy her spirit!

Soon she was seen walking along the edges of the pool, holding on to the bar, sometimes giving up support and enjoying some splashing around.

Mrs Chitterchatter now has enrolled herself for swimming lessons! Here is wishing best of luck… not to her but her instructor?

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Akshata Ram · April 16, 2018 at 8:38 am

That was a wise thing to do. I too had this fear once I put my head in water that I will drown. I have been taking swimming classes for a week and there is such a change in my outlook. It was good to see this new side of Mrs Chiterchatter

    Anagha Yatin · April 16, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Much drama will happen, I am sure, when Mrs Chitterchatter joins the swimming sessions!!
    Thanks Akshata for sharing a slice of your life.

syncwithdeepeepa · April 16, 2018 at 10:28 am

hahhahaha.. your post is bringing me smiles for the past few days. love this lady although its imaginary. and in love with your way of narrating the imaginary as real. N is for Nostalgia https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/n-nostalgia-blogchattera2z-atozchallenge-atoz/

    Anagha Yatin · April 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Mrs Chitterchatter is one like us, just that she doesnt has face! Thanks dear.

Obsessivemom · April 16, 2018 at 10:35 am

Ha ha.. that could have been me. Our pool is 4 feet deep which is fine for me and yet I have this acute reluctance to get in it. The idea of putting my head under water is the hugest challenge.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Ditto with Mrs Chitterchatter! Or are you Mrs Chitterchatter herself 😉 Thanks for visiting dear!

Lavanya · April 16, 2018 at 10:40 am

I don’t know swimming too and would probably be another Mrs.Chitterchatter if my hubby forced me to swim!

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Do share that story when it unfolds Lavanya! Thanks for visiting. Over to your post…I have been so deprived of reading your posts so far, courtesy my own unpreparedness for the challenge.

      Lavanya · April 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      I am struggling too! all in the same boat.

#Queen · April 16, 2018 at 11:24 am

Super cute. All the best Mrs. C, for your swimming

Tongue Twister for N
Tongue Twister for M
Tongue Twister for L

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Thanks DeeDee.

Ramya Abhinand · April 16, 2018 at 11:29 am

My first few days of swimming I felt the same way. And I surely did say,” this is not my cup of tea”… BUt overcoming fear and pushing myself ahead. I finally did manage to get the hang of it. Its everyones cup of tea surely!!!

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Yo and cheers to you Ramya! Thanks for visiting dear.

mammaspeaks · April 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

Mrs. Chitterchatter has more drama in her than all women I have met in this world combined. Ha ha!! But alls well that ends well. Good to know that she enrolled for swimming lessons, thanks to her ever supportive family!

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Hahahaha! Will ocnvey your compliment to her when I happen to meet her next!!!
    Thanks for visiting.

Novemberschild · April 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm

I am terrified of swimming because I am scared to lift my feet off of the pool floor. I have a paralyzing fear of drowning. Just submerging my head under the shower makes me hyperventilate. Definitely not my cup of tea.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Join Mrs Chitterchatter some day at the pool, Romila!
    Thanks dear for dropping by and resonating with Mrs Chitterchatter.

Mayuri Nidigallu · April 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

You go Mrs C! We are rooting for you!
P:S: Loved the excuses btw!:)))

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    She badly needs this push Mayuri. Will convey her the same!
    Thank you so much for visiting and motivating me to keep on writing.

BellyBytes · April 16, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Swimming isn’t my cup of tea either Mrs. Chitterchatter. I swim only as a life skill….and yes good luck to the swimming instructor.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Knowing a life skill is a big asset Sunita. And yes, thank you for the wishes 🙂 🙂
    Thanks for visiting. I so look forward to see you here.

Iain Kelly · April 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm

Lovely funny tale of facing her fear and overcoming. Learning new things gets so much more difficult when you get older, I’m glad she is taking on the challenge! 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks Ian. Being falling behind in reading your posts. Hope to catch up soon.

      Iain Kelly · April 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      No rush Anagha, April is a busy month – they will still be there in May 🙂

        Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

        Thats really nice of you, Ian!

An@m! · April 16, 2018 at 7:22 pm

hahaha… i too wanted to take swimming classes. Got some inspiration from Mrs. Chitterchatter.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Go ahead Anami. Take plunge and then write a post about it!
    Thanks for visiting.

      An@m! · April 17, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      Yes for sure. Thanks to you and Mrs. Chittarchatter. I’ll see when and how will it be possible with my 1yo.

Archana (@yenforblue) · April 16, 2018 at 8:58 pm

I hate water entering my nose and mouth – i am obviously doing something wrong so i stay safely away from all pool related events… Glad that Mrs Chitterchatter began to enjoy being in the water!

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I am so on same page with you. But checking up with Mrs Chitterchatter, I feel we should give it try one more time. Should we Archana?
    Thanks for visiting.

Sachin Baikar · April 16, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Nice one ? Anagha

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for dropping by Sachin. Thank you for appreciation!

Deepa · April 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

I have the same fear and even my hubby is pushing me to try swimming for quite some time now. Glad you enrolled yourself. I guess I am going to take up this challenge too.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    All the best Deepa for taking up the splashing challenge!
    Thanks for visiting.

sukrisblog · April 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Haha.. just related that conversation that we had recently reg swimming Neither am i able to let go of fear to learn swimming. All the best to the coach indeed.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Hehehehe…thanks Sudha.

Meha Sharma · April 17, 2018 at 3:44 pm

I am so much like Mrs. ChitterChatter. Terrified of water.. Happy sitting on the poolside while the hubby and daughter enjoy the water. But, iam glad she took the plunge.

    Anagha Yatin · April 17, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    When are you taking the plunge Meha? Give it a shot!
    Thanks for visiting and sharing a slice from your life.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · April 18, 2018 at 10:26 am

Nice presentation, enjoyed reading this. The4 finishing line is superb.

    Anagha Yatin · April 18, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Thanks Jyotirmoy.

Anchal · April 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Now this reminds me that I need to enrol too. Haha.

mahekg · April 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Wishing Mrs Chitterchatter good luck for the swimming lessons I am sure she will have fun

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