This assignment wasn’t an easy one but I am amazed and delighted that there were so many submissions that so beautifully illustrated my original inspiration, Pool by Jihyeon Lee. We started this assignment with one rule and left things very open as far as what we might end up with for our story. And while I realize that I encouraged you to explore pools and swimming outside of the realm of children, it turns out that it’s all about the kids.
What is it about swimming as a kid that is so magical? Maybe it’s the feeling of being able to fly as you launch yourself from the ledge. Or perhaps it’s the weightlessness, the zooming through the cool blue with your fins or hovering just beneath the surface. Or maybe it’s the eerie silence of being submerged that somehow allows us to be immersed in our imaginations. Anything is possible under the water, where light plays tricks and bubbles tickle our cheeks like playful sea creatures. It’s a place where we can close our eyes and everything melts away. It gave us the ultimate moment of zen before we even knew what that meant. Like Heather Levingstone said of her “Magical Mermaid Pool” image, “When sunshine meets water ... magic happens.”