is in full swing here in Maine.
The boys and I have been exploring the state (<-- link to my new, more PC blog about Maine...less Penises, more trees) and enjoying the weather.
Did you know we moved a few months ago?
The city baby!! Woot!
There's a park and pool on our street. The kids WALK to school (it's only a few houses up) and...
wait for it...
I can get them off to school and be inside Target by 8:22am.
This is heaven, y'all!
We are doing alot this summer, but are also having a lot of "home" days. And by home, I mean pool ;)
There are lifeguards, who the boys have charmed...
|Off-duty LG pulling them around|
|Another playing frisbee with them|
As much as we enjoy the pool, I gotta say...I'm completely shocked by the ignorance of some parents who take their kids there. The rules are simple: no diving, no food or drink, and noone under the age of 12 may swim without a parent with them. There are 2 lifeguards on duty, clean bathrooms/facilities, and it's FREE!!
Yes, there's a fence, and people who know CPR...
But it's not a freakin' DAY CARE, people!
I actually said that to someone one day, after a visibly inhibited father left his 6yr old there for 1.5 hours. When he got back, the lifeguards confronted him (as harshly as timid teenage girls can), and he replied, "Oh, I'm sorry, I thought he was safe here with you." He IS safe here, they are LIFEGUARDS, but it's not a daycare, dude.
I've seen multiple people get their kids in the water, then go to their car for a smoke...or to play bball on the court, or walk a few blocks (way out of sight) down to a fastfood restaurant. WTH people.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to people watch, and this is a prime location to do so (note: do not leave home without sunglasses!)
We go quite frequently, and there are some other "regulars." If you ask the lifeguards, we are probably considered regulars ourselves. There's the single mom with cute girls who are always so surprised to *gasp* get WET from splashing kids in the pool. The rotten boy who can't share the toy he's got, but oooh, can he have what you have? (Answer: Nope.) One of my least favorites, is the dude with the BAD haircut who wears his wife's shorts (they've GOTTA be hers...there is NO room for his, um...junk). And quite frequently, I'm annoyed by this one dad who is quite mean to his kids. Not that I don't harp on my own to stop acting up (Do you KNOW how many times I yell, "Hands OFF!" omw. Too many).
Recently, though, mean dad was not-so-mean dad, playing with his kids...singing silly songs, dancing to the radio, playing
pocket pool with them. He was incredibly thirsty that day, too. Here's a tip. If you want to try to pass off some hard alcohol in a child's size McD's cup...a) use the cover and straw and b) just go ahead and spring for the LARGE cup, cuz when you and your backpack disappear to change in the bathroom, and your small, coverless cup comes back miraculously full...well...it doesn't take a lifeguard rocket scientist to figure out what's going on, there buddy.
It's hard to decide what to do when you witness something like that. Well, it wouldn't have been THAT hard if I had seen him DRIVE up with those kids, but I knew he walked here with them from another neighborhood (hence the thirst, ha). So I didn't (but definitely would) have to step in before he got behind the wheel. He called his wife for a ride home. I made sure the lifeguards saw the magic full cup trick (they had), and haven't seen him there since.
Would you have done anything differently? Or just ditched your own kids there and walked to the bar for a drink. All your friends are doing it. ;) There's always tomorrow...