When I think of my elementary school days, I have fond memories of splashing around in the pool in our backyard with my parents and Zack. We played the “relax” game at night, where Mom or Dad would gently spin us through the jacuzzi singing “reeeeelax”. Zack and I used to dive for toy hoops and sticks at the bottom of the 5ft “deep” portion in the middle of the pool. However, one specific memory was brought back to my mind during our water polo game last night: playing with June bugs. 

ImageYes, I used to play with June bugs. I used to be absolutely fascinated by the way a beetle would suction cup onto my finger if I lifted it out of the water. It almost felt like a tickle to me. So, between ages 5 and 7 (give or take), I spent hours “rescuing” these bugs from our pool. 

Last night at MSAC, there was an influx of black beetles that landed in the pool. A few times, they landed on me and their legs suction cupped onto my, just as the June bugs used to do when I was younger. Thus, I dubbed them October Bugs. I supposed that the name doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, and I now find the beetles to be rather disgusting and in no way fascinating. However, the positive side of these little bugs populating the pool as we played water polo last night was that they brought me back to the kidney bean shaped swimming pool at the house where I grew up. 🙂

As far as our game went last night, we had our first loss of the season. However, it wasn’t just a loss by a few points. I hate to say it, but we got downright smashed. The ending score was 9-21, which is about the usual score for us against other teams. It’s hard to pinpoint the reason for our loss, but I think that there were two main factors: not having our usual goalie and having more subs than usual. Our goalie did not play due to having exams this week, which left us trying to fill an important role. We asked the girl who was nominated to be goalie for our U16 team to play. However, she is typically a field player, who was turned into a goalie two nights ago. Thus, just about any shot that was inside of the frame went in. Secondly, we had 3 more substitutes than we usually do, so that meant less water time for everyone. 

I think that our loss last night was a good way to keep us on our toes! We have two more normal season games left, including a trip to Aubury to play O&M two weekends from now. Then, its into the grand finals! Wahoo! I love water polo! 🙂


Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: grand final. Meaning: a sweeping term for the playoffs for a sport, including the actual grand final, or championship game. Usage: Our goal for the season is to have all teams, U16, U18, SL2, and SL1, play in the grand final.


One thought on “October-Bugs

  1. Karen Began says:

    Ahhhhh!!! June bugs!! I remember splashing water on them to try to make them fly out of the pool because I was so scared of them getting you and Zack!! I would do a “June bug check” before you went in the pool….but they loved our pool. Funny, how we don’t have them at this house.
    The game, winning and losing, the sport, the challenge, and why you love it! No problem, you guys will dominate in finals. This was just a warm-up for your big win at the end. Go MC!! You can do it! We believe in you!

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