Yesterday we went to the pool. Yes it was cool and breezy. No I did not go in the water. Yes the children did.
Here's the really funny part.
As we signed in, the pol manager for this year informed us of the new "rule" this year (from the brilliant minds at our HOA, don't even get me started). She very nicely explained to me that any children under 13 had to be within "arm's reach" at all times. Mind you, for me that is six people, including my four oldest who all passed the swim test. I looked at her, I looked at the children, looked back at her. I suppose the look on my face said it all. She went on to say, "Yeah, well, I know that might be little difficult for you, but um, that's the rule." If I were a little braver I would have said what immediately came to my mind, which was to ask if they had forgotten how to train the lifeguards how to save people this year.
This "rule" means that I cannot go to the baby pool with 18 month old and four year old while my big kids swim. If yesterday was any indication, the expect me to run around the big pool, chasing the 18 month old while simultaneously trying to keep five other people in arm's reach. How that is any safer is beyond me and it seems along with all my other "mom" skills I'm expected to grow at least six more elastic arms if I want to enjoy the pool this summer. A pool, by the way, that we pay for every month with our HOA fees.
But here's the best part. Since I live across the street, today, as more people went to the pool for the first time this season I get to watch (and sometimes hear) the outrage of my fellow neighbors at the silliness of it all. Let's just say, people are ticked.