Troubled Toes

Grandma Kc wrote this on April 18th, 2014 15 Replies

This is a special memory from my own childhood.

My sister Judy and I always wanted to have a swimming pool. We certainly had plenty of room for one. There were at least two springs on the farm. One was hidden under the back porch. They found out about it when Judy put her foot through a crack in the cement floor. Pieces of cement started to fall in and we heard it splash into the well below!

There was another well out behind the barn. It had an opening that was maybe 12 inches across. We made up our minds one hot summer that we could turn it into a swimming pool. We got a shovel and a trowel and started to try to widen it. On a hot, humid summer day in Michigan, this project did not last long and we gave up the idea.

When we both started skating competitively, it meant attending events out of town. It also meant staying in a hotel/motel! We would have to be at the rink very early in the morning, which wouldn’t allow for driving there in the morning. I remember us talking mom into staying at one of the motels that had a big outdoor pool – it even had a diving board!

We had never been in a real swimming pool before and I think Judy and I spent hours in there that night. We finally went back to the room because my feet were hurting. We were thoroughly water logged and our fingers and toes looked like plumped up prunes. The bottom of the pool had been very rough and I had managed to peel a layer of skin off the bottom of my big toes. I started to panic when they started bleeding. I think the sight of blood was the only thing that made us get out of the pool when we did.

Judy’s toes were fine but mine sure weren’t. There was no way I was going to skate the next day. I was lucky to be able to get my shoes on and walk. I was in big trouble; fees had been paid; costumes had been made. We wore socks in the pool after that.

Kc practicing her figures

I’m not sure what competition I was practicing for in this newspaper clipping and it isn’t the best of quality but notice my hair is short. I wonder if I cut it short because I couldn’t get my long hair under a swimming cap and they were always required. Or, it may just have been to avoid more hair dryer torture.

15 thoughts on “Troubled Toes

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Love the photo! You sure tugged my brain to remember those pool bottoms. It was kind of like the concrete was bumpy but the bumps were pointed. I can only imagine how popular you were with the adults with regard to not being able to skate. LOL

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      My mother was not amused. I’m sure my couch wasn’t pleased either but I don’t even remember that part. I do remember it was really hard being sidelined all day while everyone else was skating.

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  2. Sandy

    What a painful memory! I remember staying in the pool too long a time or two & feeling like I’d used sandpaper on my feet, it wasn’t anything like your poor little toes though!

    I’m glad now you have the ocean nearby. Your toes must be very happy!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      My toes love having the sand between them and all of me loves the beach! I am glad it is close by and I’m glad Amara has decided she loves it, too since you’re too far away to go with me!

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  3. Joyce

    I’m sorry that sweet little Kc had to deal with that! It makes me think of all the hazards out there in the “good old days.” Things that would make parents sue a business into oblivion these days!
    I am a little concerned about the random wells though. Seems kind of scary to just put your little foot in a crack and find out there’s a well down there! But that was farm land I guess! More good than bad things to be experienced!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I remember my mom was really mad at my Dad about the porch episode. I don’t think anyone had any idea there was a well under it but she had been nagging him to requesting he replace the old cracked porch for some time and if he had just done so none of that would have happened. You get the idea!

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  4. Launna

    Kc… you look really great in this photo and wow you skated, that is so cool and interesting.

    Awe, your poor toes… atleast when you swam again you were able to protect your feet with socks 😉

    You keep surprising me with all those memories… Amara will love them and learning more about you 🙂

    Have a really lovely Easter and thank you for your sweet comment 😀

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  5. Vicki @ Grams Made It

    Wow! Competitive figure skating is impressive. I still have trouble with my toes cracking and bleeding if I stay in the pool too long. It doesn’t really matter if the bottom of the pool is rough or not. I think it has more to do with the chlorine and my skin being very sensitive.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I would hate to have your sensitive skin with the amount of chlorine they put in pools these days. At least when you’re using chlorine to clean with you can wear gloves – you would need a diving suit!

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  6. Connie

    Oh my gosh! I remember those pool bottoms now that you mention it! Ouch! I was in competitive horse events. I remember not being able to attend a couple of times due to nerves and throwing up and yes your parents are not to happy since they already paid for it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      OH! You will have to post some photos of you riding! I bet you looked so cute and I bet you sat up very straight!

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