Summer is nearly here. It’s peeking it’s longer-sun-up-head around the corner and winking at us.
Alexander already has visions of water-slides, sprinklers, swimming, sleeping in, and freedom running through his head. I have some of these same thoughts running through my head, not to mention toes in the sand, frosty beverages, and long conversations with friends and neighbours while the scent of citronella candles mingles with the aroma of delicious foods on the grill.
My boy is a little fish who is far happier in the pool than out, and I personally love the benefits that come with him swimming: lots of exercise and LOTS of good sleep! But I swear, every single time we go to the pool, it’s such a production. It’s like Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong at the pool, it definitely will.
1. No matter how many times you ask them in advance, your child(ren) won’t announce he or she needs to use the bathroom until they have fully immersed themselves in the pool.
2. If you bring a book to the pool to read, your child(ren) will insist you join them in the water.
3. If you forget your book, your child(ren) will be perfectly happy swimming without you.
4. On the day you forget your childs’ goggles, the pool will be freshly chlorinated.
5. You always run out of sunscreen when it’s time to put it on yourself.
6. If your child does something awesome for the first time, like swim across the pool or jump off the diving board, it will happen when your phone is packed away.
7. If you get your phone out to capture your child doing something awesome for the first time, like swim across the pool of dive off the diving board, they will immediately stop doing it.
8. If you let your child pick out a pool toy it will invariably end up being one that needs 20 minutes to blow up.
9. You will get up early to pack fun lunches with all their favourite snacks, only for them to beg non-stop for treats from the snack bar.
10. You will do your absolute best to wash everyone off in the showers but your car will always be covered in sand anyway.
11. No matter how tired you are at the end of the day or how many near-disasters you faced, you’ll still be back at the pool all summer long!
Does this sound familiar ?!
Alicia, Sharon and Olivia are definitely ready for a swim! See you at the pool!
Alicia, Olivia and Sharon are represented by Agence Teen.
Photography by Emily Kornya, children’s fashion photographer who works throughout Europe. She has recently moved back to Europe after completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature, Russian Literature in translation and South Slavic Studies at The University of Toronto.