Did You Learn to Swim in a Sewer?

English: Mind that Fence. As the sign says at ...
Mind that Fence. As the sign says at Maltby sewage works, ‘Health and Safety is no accident’, perhaps the loose temporary fence panel could learn a lesson from this.

They say life out there is sink or swim.

They say we learn to socialize by socializing. You know — make enough social errors and you’ll learn, eventually.

What if our children are, instead, just learning to like the smell of sewage?

Or that it is good?

I never could get used to it.

People kept splashing sewage all over me.

Told me I was too sensitive.


I kinda wish more were. How about you?

Anyway, I found a Stream of Water that is Alive and cordoned off the section of sewer where it was entering, for my children to learn to swim.

Also gave them swimming lessons, instead of just throwing them in and hoping.

Made more sense to me.

How about you?


photo credit: Wikipedia

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

12 thoughts on “Did You Learn to Swim in a Sewer?

  1. Absolutely! Goodness, if we don’t teach them we are telling them: (1) we have more important things to do and everyone’s values are equal (2) we do not care about God’s admonitions to us and (3) we agree with the sewage dwellers and we don’t want to “impose” our standards and values upon our children.
    With all of that in mind, how surprised can we be when society follows the lemmings RIGHT INTO the sewage filled sea.
    Love your post and metaphor.—> and love you!

    1. I knew this post would bring out a swimmer or two. 😀 Thanks for getting it, Kate! 🙂 I wasn’t sure but I just could not stop my little fingers from connecting to the ol’ brain, this morning. 🙂

  2. Anytime we copy a worldly way of doing something, it will stink. So glad my children didn’t learn to swim in filth. I feel for my students who are learning to swim in water which isn’t AS filthy as others, but ISN’T sanitary, either. 😦

    1. Oh, I know it, Leah, and I think of you and your little charges and my heart just goes out to you. I know if I were a child whose parents refused to tend to me every day, I would want you for my very own. ❤

  3. Actually, I learned to swim in a cow watering tank, so can’t quite share your sentiments of the sewer! LOL! Love your version of the dogs lying with fleas or the Brownie story. . .

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