It's been so rainy here lately, I've been trying to get the kids up to the pool on any sunny day.
Friday was really nice, so we gathered up our pool gear and drove the .7 miles to our pool.
Surprisingly, it was not as crowded as I thought it would be, but there was one other small child and his mom in the baby pool area.
I was bummed because we usually have the baby pool to ourselves.
Oh well. It was just one other kid and his mom. I could deal.
While his mother chatted on her cell phone, her little shit kicked our beach towel into the pool. Luckily, I bring an extra, so I hung the soaking wet one over the fence and went to get a dry one from our bag.
Little Miss Chat on her cell phone then proceeded to give Demon Spawn a small bottle of something that looked like Sunny D (it was orange). Demon Spawn (aka Colin, or Collin, however they might have spelled it) then took his drink to the edge of the pool and dumped some in!
We'll call Little Miss Chat on her cell phone "The Fool" for the rest of this piece, because that's shorter.
The Fool did stand up and take the drink away from wibble Collin.
I didn't recognize her or her child and thinking they might be new members, I just stated (nicely) that food and beverage were not allowed in the pool areas.
When The Fool got off her cell, she asked me, "Do you work here or something?"
The conversation proceeded along like this:
ETW: No, but we've been members here for 5 years and the rules are clearly stated at the entrance of the pool. No food or beverage allowed in the pool areas.
The Fool: Well, he is not even yet 2 years old.
ETW: So? If he didn't have the drink in the pool area, he wouldn't have dumped it in the pool.
The Fool: I did take it away from him!
ETW: But, if he didn't have it in the first place, as the rules state, there wouldn't be an issue.
The Fool: Are you trying to tell me how to parent my child?
ETW: That has nothing to do with the RULES that are CLEARLY posted near the entrance of the pool.
The Fool: Well, I'm sure you've had things happen with your kids before.
ETW: (shrugs shoulders and turns away).
A bit later, Sissy and I went to get a soft pretzel with cheese, which is our little treat when we're at the pool. While we were sitting on our picnic table (outside of the POOL area), Sissy turned to me and said, "That kid is a pain in the butt."
Weeeeellll, when a 3 and a half year old points out that another child is a "pain in the butt", I think that speaks VOLUMES on ones' parenting skillz (as in, you don't got any!).
The Fool proceeded to have a few more smart assed remarks which I ignored. I just kept laughing and playing with Sissy.
I then watched her kid take a bite from a noodle (a foam floatie thing) and eat paint chips off the bottom of the pool. I kept my mouth shut. LOL.
Here's The Fool:
I had to take the picture on the sly and the best angle I could get was this. She's behind the red chair.
Then, I took out my Flip camera and got some video footage of Sissy playing. Of course, she and her Demon Spawn came back to the baby pool and while I tried to keep him out of the frame, he was obviously too stupid to keep his distance:
Word to the wise: be careful who you piss off. You might be their next blog!
And trust me, the only reason I mentioned the food/drink rule was because I was trying to be helpful. If I were new and someone told me something I didn't know, I would have thanked them for the info and moved to the appropriate area.
Unfortunately, some people think the rules just don't apply to them AT ALL.
In other news, while we were there on Friday, I had an opportunity to speak to a good friend (and our neighbor across the street)'s child. He will be going into 7th grade at the same middle school as Buddy, so I asked him a bunch of questions about things and he was very helpful.
What a sweetie. It's crazy when a 13 year old can calm my nerves more than anything else! He told me that there really isn't any "supply" list because this is public school and they can't expect the kids to bring supplies they may not be able to afford. So, we got Buddy a binder, some paper, erasers and a pencil sharpener for starters.
We'll have to see if there are any other requests after school starts. August 26! Eeek!