Children, Family

What is patience?

IMG_9935Patience is the ability for kids to have a 14-foot pool assembled in their backyard, to see it in all it’s glory from the family room windows and to have to wait for the pool chemicals to balance, the temperature of the water to warm up a bit and for the thunderstorms to get out of the way.

A few years back we got an above-ground pool…soft sided with a metal support frame so we have to take it down and put it up each year. Now, I know what you’re thinking…our home value must be sky rocketing due to this lovely addition to our backyard!

It also makes the “hot” in summer not so bad. 90+ degree heat and 85% humidity is horrendous by itself, but when you have the possibility of a pool to swim in, you look at those numbers in a completely different way. 90+ degree heat warms up the pool to exactly the right temperature and high humidity means that you don’t get cold when you hop out of the pool. There’s no breeze to chill the pool water sitting on your skin.

So, this is how our summer officially gets underway. The pool container is rolled out, the frame is assembled outside the soft skin of the light blue checkered pool liner, Momma hops inside the pool to smooth out the bottom and the sides while Daddy assembles the pump in its place.

Then…the hose makes its appearance!

The water starts pouring into the empty shell and the kiddos can’t take it any longer so they start to meander off the deck, down the hill and over to the pool. I am still inside the pool with the water running, smoothing out wrinkles and checking for imbalances before the weight of the water makes any adjustments impossible.

The children, with their puppy dog eyes gently request if they can get in for just a second and when permission is granted, they go nuts with glee. In less than 2 inches of water, they have the same amount of fun they would have in a completely full pool.

It makes the wait for the real “first swim of the season” a little less horrible.

A very little bit.


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