When my grandmother Jennie was a younger woman within the early Twenties, it wasn’t frequent for younger girls to personal a washing swimsuit or go swimming in a pool. However on scorching summer season days, she and her feminine relations would cool off on the seaside by Canarsie, Brooklyn. All of them wore outdated garments and — holding arms with one another — they’d take a dip within the Atlantic Ocean.
Once I was rising up, we at all times wore bathing fits after we performed within the kiddie pool or went to the seaside. However even when my household received a membership at a close-by pool, Mother by no means purchased us high-quality swimwear. Youngsters outgrow their clothes rapidly, so Mother would have thought-about an costly bathing swimsuit a waste of cash.
Nonetheless, a well-cared-for swimsuit can final a number of seasons. I bear in mind Mother sporting the identical blue-and-red one-piece swimsuit for not less than two or three summers.
Since I not often go swimming, I don’t personal a washing swimsuit. As an alternative, my resolution is to buy athletic gear that may double as a swimsuit, like tank tops and health club shorts. These items get loads of put on as informal summer season clothes they usually’re nice for a visit to the seaside or a dip within the pool. I really like how these separates serve a number of capabilities they usually final me for years.
If I have been a extra frequent swimmer, I’d contemplate a superb high quality bathing swimsuit in a basic type. And I’d take excellent care of it to ensure it lasted a number of seasons. When it wore out, I’d reuse the material, maybe to make a headscarf or ponytail ties. I’d even flip an outdated one-piece swimsuit right into a tote bag by reducing throughout on the leg openings, stitching up the underside, and utilizing the prevailing straps as my deal with.
However, like Grandma, I don’t have any particular gear for swimming. And I actually don’t want it; my shorts and tank tops work simply nice.
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