after swim-exploring I found a rock to sit on.
for quite a while.
I was chatting with a new friend and an old friend.
then they swam away.
and I sat and sat and smiled and watched and took it all in.
children, parents, crazy teenagers, almost teenage girls giggling and whispering, heavily tattooed fellows with shorn heads and broad shoulders, one puppy carrying his own leash both swimming, kissing and whimpering, women in straw hats, siblings, vacationers and locals, glamorous swimmers and androgynous women... we were all there, laughing and chatting. friendly. content. amazed by our surroundings.
a young man appeared on a baby whale of a boulder and surveyed.
dressed all in camouflage, his bronzed young body and neat now hairstyle questioned an impending swim.
i looked up. disbelief that he had to think about getting in at all.
"what are you waiting for?" i called out to him. "the water is delicious!"
he stripped quickly and jumped in. there were deep spots, and yet each plunge someone made from a high surface stilled my breath for a few heartbeats.
in a few minutes he showed up on the top of the granite again.
"why aren't you swimming?" i questioned. teasing.
"i have no company," he said. i puzzled. i motioned to the empty flat slant of rock i sat on.
"can i join you?" i nodded.
in half a moment he was there too, beside me.
"no one is here with you? you come with anyone?" he was translating from Spanish to English.
"no one is here with me right now. did you come with anyone?" he points to two friends, at the top of the stairs, right next to the old bridge. one is a boy, one is not. neither are making any attempt to venture down sharp rocks.
"you have a boyfriend?" he asks suddenly, plainly. i laugh.
"no. you have a girlfriend?"
"no. you want to be my girlfriend?"
"i don't live here," i say, attempting to explain.
"you come here again?"
"i hope so."
"do you have a cell phone number?" now i can't keep up with explaining.
"maybe you can remember mine if i tell you?"
"i don't know when i'll be back. maybe one day..."
"August." i reply, stumbling.
o to return to a simpler time,
when all one needed to get a boyfriend was a place in the sun, on a rock, in the water.