Who ever heard of a physic poolman.
I sure hadn't, and if you would have told me it was me
I would have laughed in your face.
Besides, it only happened this once.
It started normal enough,
Mrs Schale called me after I had put flyers up in her
neighborhood, She didn't call the day I put them out, it
took another customer to convince her that I was actually
pretty good with her pool. Anyway, the first time I looked at the pool, I was happy,
it was small and had good equipment so I knew it would be
easy to clean, I left an estimate, Mrs Schale called me
back and agrreed to let me service her pool. I went to
clean it the very next day.
I knocked on the door, Mrs Schale answered, She was a very
attractive blond woman wearing jeans and a pink shirt. She
said she would meet me around back, so I walked around to
the backyard and the pool.
That is the first time I saw her daughter, a beautiful
little blond girl about 4 yrs old, she was singing the ABC
song. I got my equipment and started to clean the pool with Mrs
Schale and her daughter watching me, I suddenly remembered
that Mrs Schale hadn't signed my service agreement, so I
excused myself and went to fetch one.
When I handed the agreement to Mrs Schale, I inadvertently
touched her hand, I felt a huge shock--as if--I had
touched electric wires, except NO pain, I suddenly knew
Mrs. Schale's full name, her age, where she was born and
how long she had been married. She must have seen the
stunned look on my face because she asked if I was
alright. I told her I was and went back to cleaning the
Her daughter Amy, was still outside, watching me like I
was doing something amazing, instead of just cleaning the
pool. She asked dozens of questions, all of which I
answered the best I could, seeing her beautiful smile and
hearing her laugh, just made me feel fantastic
like I was the smartest man alive. 4 yr olds can do that
they are just so full of love and curiosity.
Anyway, their phone rang, so Mrs Schale grabbed Amy and
Amy came running back out moments later alone giggling, I
asked where mommy was, but could see through the sliding
glass door that she was busy
writing something with one hand and holding the phone with
She turned suddenly, looking for Amy, I pointed to her
daughter and gestured that she would be O.k with me. Mrs
Schale smiled, I had told her of my own 4 yr old, so I
believe she trusted me to keep her daughter safe.
Just about the time I was finishing up, and singing the
ABC song with Amy, Mrs Schale came out and said thank you,
she had been tied up with an important call. I gathered my
equipment together and went to put it in my truck, Mrs
Schale called me back to give me my signed service
agreement, making sure not to touch my hand.
Here is where it gets weird, Little Amy saw me start to
leave, she ran to me and asked if I wanted a goodbye hug,
I looked at Mrs Schale, she nodded her head, so I
graciously accepted a hug from this beautiful child, that
was a mistake, I got the same shock as when I touched her
mother, but this one was very unpleasant, I saw her mother
and father crying by the pool, then I saw why, Amy-in a
pink nightie, floating face down in the pool, she was
obviously dead, her skin color was blue.
I broke off the hug, I was almost crying, Mrs Schale
noticed my condition again, but didn't say anything. I
quickly took my agreement back to the truck and left.
I couldn't stop thinking of that vision, that beautiful
slowly spinning face down in that pool. was it real? Could
I somehow prevent this from happening?
I went home, tried to play on my computer, tried to sit
and enjoy being with my own family, no good, I just kept
thinking of that little girl. By bedtime I was almost crazy, I lay down, trying to force
out the vision, My wife tried to comfort me, but even that
I think I had almost fallen asleep, when I saw the vision
again, just as real as if I was standing next to the pool
itself, with one small difference, this time, Amy raised
her blue face, and spoke to me.
She said " please don't let this happen to me"
I jumped out of bed so fast that I got my feet tangled in
the blankets and went down face first. I didn't care, I
got dressed, kissed my wife and told her I absolutely had
to go check that pool.
While driving there the feelings intensified, I had to
make sure Amy was not there. When I arrived I parked in
the street and ran to the back yard, I had to jump the
fence, but did that in a single stride.
No one was in the pool. No parents, no dead little girl.
Thank God. now I started to think, I must be crazy,
but the feeling that Amy was still in danger wouldn't let
there was only one thing left to do. I must go knock on
the door and check. I KNEW doing that would probably get
me fired forever from cleaning this pool, but I considered
it a small price to pay.
I went up to the door, it had to be midnight by now, got
up some courage that I didn't feel, and rang the doorbell.
I heard a masculine voice say, "who in the hell comes to
visit at this hour", and the door swung open. Inside that
door was one of the biggest men I had ever seen in my
life, and he looked mad too. I thought--I'm not only going
to lose this pool, but maybe my life as well.
The firs thing he said to me was " who the HELL are you
and what do you want? I was scared stiff, I tried to
answer his question. I'm Tony, your poolman, was all I
could get out. I think Mr Schale was just about to pound
me when Mrs Schale came to the door, She pushed him aside
easily, he left saying, " he was going to call the police.
Mrs Schale asked, while rubbing her eyes, "Tony, what is
it, why are you here"?
That is when I heard the sliding glass door open in the
back of the house by the pool, moments later we heard the
splash. I ran through their house to the back sliding door,
which was partially open. I saw the pool. saw Amy in the
pool in her pink nightie and jumped in after her. Mrs
Schale was right behind me, but I had her daughter in my
arms and was handing her to Mrs Schale when Mr. Schale
came out like a bull in heat. He saw Mrs Schale with a wet
Amy in her arms--he went over and grabbed me out of the
water, he was going to beat me to death right there. Mrs
Schale saw what was about to happen and yelled "STOP".
"Don't you hurt him, he just saved your daughter's life".
Mr. Schale still holding me, nicely set me down.
Schale ran and got towels and blankets for Amy and me and
then started to take Amy inside. Amy said " Mommy wait"
and then she ran over and gave me my second hug of the
day, a beautiful hug from a small child, she whispered "
Thanks poolman" I kissed her cheek and gave her to her
mother. Mr Schale looked baffled, "how did you know" he
asked, confused. I explained the best I could. I told him
the vision I saw when she hugged me the first time. Back
in the house, they asked what they could ever do to repay
me, they explained, Amy had been sleepwalking since she
lost her grandmother a few months before.
I didn't want any compensation, and told them so. I did
I have kids too, and under opposite circumstances, I
hoped, they would do the same for anyone else.
I have received compensation though, once the story got
out about how I saved the little girl, I clean--every pool
on that block.
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