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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.