Monday, June 1, 2009

Right Here in River City

Trouble with a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!

~ "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man

Yesterday, we had our first visit to the community pool. The pool actually opened on Saturday, but as luck would have it the weather was cool and overcast. My husband got called in to work to boot.

So, Sunday it was. We packed up the beach bag and a cooler of snacks, noodles, goggles, and lazy river rings, and headed out the door for an afternoon of swimming.

It was fantastic.

The boys jumped right in and started swimming. It's the doggy paddle, but it worked for them. I think their goggles made them feel a lot more confident about whether they would survive getting water in their eyes. Plus, this year, they are taller than last, so they could explore the pool more confidently without feeling like they would get in over their heads.

There was one problem I hadn't anticipated, though. My Little Mermaid, who has always been the most comfortable of my three, started acting afraid of the water! I thought, "unbelievable! Just when the boys are finally finding their feet... this happens!"

I took her out a few times, usually against her will at first, and got her to kick and float on her back. We decided to buy a membership at the pool this year (they just opened a new Sprayground adjacent to it!) So, we'll be swimming our hearts out several times a week.

Hopefully, it will just take a little time, patience, and persistence to bring back the Little Mermaid's fins.

... if I don't turn into Ursula the Sea Witch first.

(Wish me luck. )

- Midwest Mom


  1. Hopefully she sees all the fun her brothers are having and won't want to be left out!

  2. Green Girl,
    I sure hope so. I think, as more kids get out of school, and the pool is filled with kids, it's going to be interesting to see how she responds.

    The best we can do, though, is to keep right on putting her in the water and hope, by the end of the summer, she remembers what she loves about it.

    - Julia

  3. Have a great pool summer - she'll come around when its HER idea I'll betcha. My son had to decide for himself when he was ready for things, drove me NUTS. Came to realize I just had to be patient - grrrrrr, that old thing again!


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