Last night, we had a family pool party at church. My sister was down with the latest creeping crud (it is not fun and I pray that I do NOT get it) and so I agreed to be there to help my brother-in-law keep an eye on my niece and nephew while in the pool. (It's difficult enough for a person to keep up with both of them on dry land).
Davis did some splashing out in the pool last year at our family reunion and he seemed to like it well enough. But last night, he took to the kiddie pool like a duck to water (he got a bit disconcerted when he fell a few times and got his head under for a second, but otherwise he loved it). He stomped about and splashed and had a good time. And Uncle Michael showed him the fun of dragging him through the pool in circles and making motor boat sounds. Needless to say, this is Davis' new favorite game.
Of course, other small children saw me doing this and so I got to be the motor boat for many of the small ones.
Now, the pool we had the party at had a diving board. I used to be a pretty good diver back in the day, but it'd been years since I'd gone off the board . So, after an hour or so of being motor boat, I figured I'd do a couple of dives, maybe a cannonball or two. I was, however, not flipping as I was traumatized as a teenager when I got three-quarters through one and flattened out doing a back-flop. Yes, I can still feel the stinging to this day.
Anyway, where was I?
So, after ensuring that Brian had enough help watching the kids (there were a bunch of parents nearby watching kids swim), I headed for the diving board. On the way, one of the youth said, "Are you here to join the game of sharks and minnows?" Now, it's been years since I played, but I figured why not. Many trips across the pool and back later and a game or two of water polo later, it was time to go...home and pass out from exhastion.
Did I forget the part where I'd worked out and swum laps earlier in the day?
Yeah, so I was a bit tired...but hey, it did justify that trip to Sonic for one of those new cookie dough blast treats...so hey, it's win-win!
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/26/2005 07:07:00 PM