Aqua is the color that’s half way between green and blue on the color wheel.

Aqua is also the Latin word for water.

So when our Creative Tuesdays’ host, Michael, chose the word “aqua”, I immediately thought of that greenish-blue liquid that fills a swimming pool, and the ocean.

Now, I don’t live near an ocean and I don’t have a swimming pool. But, childhood memories of swimming in greenish-blue water at the indoor community pool float through my mind.

I loved:

  • drenching friends with humongous cannonballs,
  • whacking a volleyball over the net,
  • showing off my diving skills (sometimes a graceful dive morphed into a belly flop—ouch, and
  • swim meets.

Oh oh…a terrible memory surfaced.

One summer day, as sidewalks sizzled like plugged-in frying pans, the scorching sun lured schools of fish (me and my friends) to the community pool.

Squealing kids somersaulted into the crowded pool. Others scampered up clammy ladders to practice their diving skills. Some, in the deep end, whacked a volleyball over the net. And most, splashed, screamed, and giggled.

I sauntered over to the middle of the pool’s edge, inhaled and plunged head-first into the refreshing aqua-colored water.

My breaststroke and frog kick propelled me. I won’t have to come up for air.

My confidence surged.

One stroke to go.

My outstretched arm slammed into a wall of slippery skin. I surfaced, breathless.

Oh no.

I thrashed the water.

No one sees me.

Choking, I sank like an anchor.

Jesus, help me!

Up-down-up. I was a bobber on a fishing line.

Strong arms yanked me out of the pool.

God, you did everything you promised,
    and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
    my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
    in the sunlit fields of life.”

Psalm 56:12-13 The Message (MSG)


Now that I live in Wasaga Beach (a tourist town known for having the longest freshwater beach in the world), I don’t have to swim in greenish-blue liquid. Then again, if I venture into an ocean, I may get to swim with my bubble-blowing-fashionista-fishy, Fancy.


To view other fancy art. Please visit Michael’s Creative Tuesdays.

When you have time, click on the coloring page below for your free download.


Have a fun and safe summer,


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“A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE IN GREENISH-BLUE WATERS – CREATIVE TUESDAYS” first appeared on www.tracycampbell.net/blog.

36 Responses

  1. Tracy,
    I’m very thankful you were rescued from a very scary and life-threatening experience. You serve the Lord well and with gratitude.

    Fancy would be a joy to get to know. I hope she stars in her own book one day! If so, she should tip her hat to YOU!

    • I’m very thankful too, Linda. I still remember the post you wrote about different types of hats and Fancy would also make a great lead character for a book about hats…don’t you think? 🙂

  2. You have a delightful way with words, Tracy as well as creative drawings. I agree with the comment above. I could see Fancy as a great book series character. I can imagine all the lessons she could learn with her fancy friends…don’t get me started 😉

  3. Tracy, you have a beautiful testimony here. These are the precious moments that remind us we are truly held in the hands of God.
    Plus, I am VERY glad you survived that day. The world is a much better place with you in it!
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    • Glad you thought Fancy was so very cute, Christine. Did you download the coloring page from my selz site? If you downloaded the coloring page from this blog, your copy will have the preview words written on it. I’ll be by to visit your art shortly. Can’t wait to see what you came up with. 🙂

    • Happy you smiled, Wanda. I did plan on make “Fancy’s” a beta fish but it didn’t happen. Can’t wait to see what you came up with for the word “aqua”. 🙂

  4. Wow, that is a harrowing story, but so glad you were ultimately okay! I really love the fish underwater, so cute and really fashionable, too! I love her cute hat and flower <3 She'd make a great book character I hope to see you work with her again!

    • Hi Donna, I’m glad I’m okay too. 🙂 Based on all the wonderful comments Fancy received, it appears I should develop her into a book character. I’ll be by very soon to see your work of art. 🙂

  5. Tracy, I love Fancy. 🙂 She has quite the colorful hat and fins. Your poolside story reminds me of what happened to me in grade 4. In my case it was a teacher who jumped in and saved me. She was one of my favorites, because she always had a smile on her face. I was so embarrassed. I had already passed swimming lessons–over confidence around water never ends well.
    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
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    • Wendy, sorry you experienced the same harrowing ordeal and so glad you’re alive to share your story. And I agree, it sounds like our overconfidence got us into a “pool of hot water”.

  6. So, are you saying God’s arms materialised and rescued you directly or some life guard or something was alerted and pulled you up?

    Well, regardless, I’m glad you are here to share your whimsy art with us like this funny blowfish with hat and all. No sunburn for her! I espcially love her polka dots like Skittles or something. Fun.

    Great idea to tie in a story to Aquamarine. Ooh, I have stories of pools too but most in England and sometimes it was so cold, the teacher would literally have to get a broom to break up the ice! Really! Brrr… Needless to say, I hated swimming pools. Now, in the US, it;s a whole lot better, must say.
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    • Hi Michael, glad my ending left you wondering who rescued me. It was a lady who grabbed me. And it is a miracle she even noticed because there was so much noise echoing throughout the enclosed pool, and the lifeguard hadn’t even noticed.
      Glad you like Fancy’s hat and all. I hadn’t thought of her polka dots as being Skittles, but that’s a great idea.
      Oh my, I can’t believe a teacher would make you swim in a pool where the ice had to be broken. Yikes! I’m shivering just thinking about it.
      I’ll be by very shortly to cast my gaze on your creation.
      Thanks as always, Michael, for providing these awesome prompts. 🙂

      • Yes, we had some truly awful teachers. Doubt you;ve seen it, but one was EXACTLY like the nasty teacher in “The Wall.”

        Well, that lady can know that she literally saved your life! Phew. A godsend indeed.
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        • Oh yes, Michael, I know all to well some truly awful teachers. But we don’t really know what goes on in their private lives to make them behave the way they do. And, phew! That lady was God send for sure. 🙂

    • Lissa, I kinda think Fancy is adorable too. Her heart-shaped lips are blowing bubble kisses, well, at least that’s what I imagine. Looking forward to seeing what you came up with. You are so very creative. 🙂

    • So glad you think the fish is utterly cute. And Alexandra, that’s a long loaded question. The short version is I used a program called “Pic Monkey” for the background. Your question has just given me an idea for a blog post on how to create a water background. Be over soon to see your creation. 🙂

    • Hi Tina, it’s so important to teach our kids about pool/lake safety. My overconfidence got the best of me. I’m glad God rescued me too! And Fancy is too or she never would have been created. LOL

    • Hi Janis, I sure missed your CT post this week, but you did have valid excuses. For the water I used a combination of a free software called “Pic Monkey” and “PaintNet”. I may do a post about it…if I can find the time.

  7. That was a scary experience! I had a similar one when I lived in Florida. I was about six year old, and not yet able to swim. I relied on arm flotation devices to keep me afloat. Somehow the floats came off of my arms. It was too deep for me to touch the bottom. All I remember was basically doing somersaults under water, confused about where the surface was. Fortunately, my dad saw me and rescued me before I inhaled too much water.
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    • Thanks for sharing your horrific ordeal too, Sherry! See, God spared you to become a talented musician and an author to help spread joy in this world. 🙂