A Fly on the End of His Nose

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 16th Mar 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Competitive sports people are sometimes successful before they've learned to deal with attention. A young competitive swimmer struggles during a long speech. Will the boredom be saved by one small fly? Memories of a swimming championship meet in the early 1960s.

Provincial Swimming Champs

Imagine a warm Saturday evening, at that time of year when summer is slowly merging with autumn. Family and friends had turned out in full force for the first night of the provincial swimming championships, packing the poolside seating to capacity.
The star studded sky hung over the crowd, brightened further by the lights shining down on two people.
One, a thirteen year old girl, stood alone on the one metre diving board at the deep end of the swimming pool. All eyes were on her as she waited for the speech making to end. This was the first time she'd been in the limelight, the first time she'd experienced recognition for what came naturally to her. This evening became the beginning of several years of such attention.
The other person holding the attention of the crowd was the city Mayor. His Mayoral chain resting on his tubby chest and stomach looked out of place at the pool. He'd been asked to open the annual championship meet and saw this as another opportunity to impress the local people.

The Mayor's Speech

Half way through his pseech the Mayor invited the young swimmer to stand on the diving board, so all could see this up and coming young competitor. During the season just coming to an end she had broken several provincial records in her age group.
Shy, not knowing where to look, she listened to the Mayor drone on, intermingling his own success with hers.
She tried not to look at how red his face became as he kept on talking. Her eyes searched for her parents in the crowd, for her swimming coach, even for some of her team mates. Most of all she gazed down at the water beneath the board, wishing the Mayor would stop talking so the racing could begin.
Then something captured her attention.

The Fly Found a Landing Place

Her eyes opened wide as she watched the small fly land on the beak like nose protuding from the Mayor's red face. Surely he would brush it away. But he didn't.
He must know it's there she thought, he must be abe to feel the tickling of the fly's feet on his skin. But he kept on talking.
At first she felt sorry for him. Perhaps he didn't think brushing a fly from his nose was a dignified mayoral thing to do. Then it started annoying her. Why didn't he just brush it away.
She felt a little giggle start emerging, just as she heard the Mayor mention her name once more. It wouldn't be polite to show disrespect right now when the crowd must be looking at her. But, did the Mayor realise how silly he looked with a fly on the end of his nose?

Saved by Applause

Just as the girl thought she couldn't control her giggle much longer the crowd started clapping loudly. The Mayor's speech had ended. The fly took fright and flew off into the night.
The girl stepped down from the diving board, shook a few extended hands and rushed away to the solitude of the dressing sheds. She had a night's swimming ahead of her.

Other life stories by Val Mills:

Mammogram and a Glass of Sauvignon Blanc
Tinker: The Cat Who Walked Across Town
Childhood Daisy Chains
George the Lonely Lovebird


1960S, Competitive Swimming, Life Stories, Mayors Speech, Sport Stories, Swimming Championships, Swimming Success, Valmnz

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Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
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author avatar Shirley Shuler
16th Mar 2013 (#)

Hi, Val. What a great story. It's good to see you here, told you I would be dropping by :).

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author avatar johnnydod
16th Mar 2013 (#)

Teehee I agree with you Shirley Great story, You ought to write a book Val

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Mar 2013 (#)

Very entertaining story,Val

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Mar 2013 (#)

such fun your pages...thank you Val...

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Mar 2013 (#)

Loved it friend. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Mar 2013 (#)

wonderful read and story Val...thank you-:0)

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author avatar Songbird B
19th Mar 2013 (#)

Great share as always Val.. It is amazing what we can recall when we look back at all the funny incidences in our lives..A really enjoyable read. \0/x

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