Underwater | Photographer Elena Kalis

Underwater Love

Posted on October 31, 2012

Being a Scorpio, one of the water signs, anything to do with water entices me. From a young age I would submerge myself in the bathtub and let the sounds of my world drown out to nothingness. I even enjoyed doing the dishes and still do.

My Mum tells a great story which I vaguely have a memory of, from when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It was a weekend and in my cutest little 4 or 5 year old voice, I’d asked Mum if I could help by doing the dishes for her whilst she was outside gardening.

We had a set of tall breakfast bench seats made from pinewood, one of which she brought over to our double stainless steel kitchen sink in preparation for the task at hand. She then filled one of the sinks with warm soapy water to wash the dishes and then the other with plain warm water to rinse the dishes. Mum propped me up on the seat, put a dishcloth in one hand and left me to it.

About 10 minutes later she came back inside to check on my progress. There I was perched, not on the pinewood seat but on the edge of the sink with one foot firmly planted in the soapy side and the other in the rinsing side.

Mum had a little chuckle to herself and said, “Nic, you’re not meant to put your dirty feet in the water as well” to which I replied “they’re not dirty anymore”.

It’s one of my favourite stories Mum tells from when I was little… and just in case you are wondering, no I don’t wash the dishes with my feet in the water these days!

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