Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Q: What do You Get...Part Two

...when you've taken those boys to the pool?

A:

1. You get your three year old to wrap his tiny fingers around your neck while you hold him in the pool, kiss you on the cheek and proclaim, "Mama, I love you in the water!"

2. You get to discover, much to your surprise and delight, that both babies can stand in the shallow end of the big pool this year.

3. You get to laugh when one of them sees the off duty guards sweeping and asks, "Are those the Life Cleaners?"

4. You get to see them all swim and play together like a family of otters.

5. You get to chuckle when they use their fingers "like windshield wipers" to clear the water drops from your sunglasses.

6. You get to bring them home tired and hungry

7. You get to feed them

8. and you get to put their sun-kissed little bodies to bed

9. and run your fingers through the highlights in their hair

10. and know that you've given them a happy, happy day

11. and that their dreams will be sweet

12. because tomorrow will bring more of the same.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

How cute. I wondered what everyone else's idea was about bringing children to the pool and the others that they see; ie: girls in VERY exposing suits etc....
Any thoughts?

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Oh, these are my favorite kind of days!

We did this on the weekend and our pool opens in a few days for the whole summer - I can't wait for more days such as you described!

Mia said...

wow. how sweet. some people don't get such a great day ever.

ENjoy every second. wow. you are SO blessed!

Beck said...

That sounds like SO much fun! I have to check pool times at our most-local (still half an hour away!) pool.

Suzanne Temple said...

Anon, good question about the modesty of others at pools and beaches. My children are still so young that they aren't looking for such things. They are more interested in the diving rings on the bottom of the pool than the girl on the side of it. I can't suppose they aren't influenced at all by such sights, but I haven't noticed it if they are.

Also, we've found some places are better than others. Some beaches and pools are really family oriented and others attract the young, hip, and often immodest crowd. We evaluate beaches and pools according to this standard when considering membership. We call it the "skin factor." Of course we can't avoid it all together, but we can cut it down and maybe when they are older use intances as teaching moments?? Ex: "That woman we saw today wasn't modestly dressed, why should she take more care to cover herself??"

Kristen Laurence said...

So, so sweet! I love how water makes them so adorably tired and cuddly.

Ken Wills said...

God is good, God is great!

Anonymous said...

hi!
I am curious what are the other bloggers/random people think?
when is a good age to think about this stuff?
how about the beaches?
we ususally go off season. how about you?
what do you think?

Beth said...

Sounds like a good discussion going. I know my girl will never have an immodest bathing suit, although I'm surprised at how many people from our church let their kids wear skimpy bikinis. I'd say the best thing would be to let it be a good teaching opportunity about modesty - how to be modest and why it is important.(I have several years before this will become an issue though!) But my husband and I have already talked about how important this issue is in our family.

Vicki said...

What a great post! I've taken my boys to the pool hundreds of time and have never looked at it in this way. What an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

WHat is an "appropriate age"? I mean, we all want to do what is right and use these teaching moments but does anyone think that just NOT GOING is worth it? If there is an immodest and impure TV show on or commercial, I bet we would turn it off, right?
It reminds me of what someone said about a well...if just a little oil or bad anything happens to get to that wonderful CLEAN PURE water, then the whole well is not clean and pure, right?
I am curious if we can all figure out an age that we could agree it is not a good idea to bring our children to the public pools.
My children are young but even now, I am wondering....should I sign up for a pool pass or not?!
What do you think? THis is not an easy issue and some may just dodge the discussion b/c it is tough to come to the realization. I wish there was somewhere we could bring the children to get their energy out and have fun without worrying...

Anonymous said...

anyone/?

Cay said...

4RealLearning had a great discussion on this a while back. You might want to check it out:
http://4reallearning.com/

Suzanne,
We just got back from the camp and the children got to swim and it was such a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful time for family. So I could relate to this firsthand.

Thanks for sharing this.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks for the link, Cay. I'm glad you had such a great time.

Anon, If you aren't already familiar with the 4real discussions, you will find that they are very helpful.