It’s May. MAY! How did that happen? Where did the spring go? Why are the yearly dues for the pool already…well, due? I’m sitting in my living room & the chestnut tree in our front yard bloomed perfect pink & yellow blossoms & I’m writing a check, sealing our entire summer of sunshine & chlorine. I can feel the warmer sunshine & the air conditioning hums. For so many cold months, Doug & I promised Harrison that the warm weather would come again, that the pool would eventually open after Mother’s Day, right around Momma’s birthday. It seemed so far away at the time & yet here we are, trading out jeans for shorts & planning strawberry-picking playdates & garage sales. I spent the majority of Saturday digging through closets & the garage, pulling out items we no longer need or want & I stumbled upon our pool bag. Big & canvas with our last name embroidered & it still smelled like sunscreen. In the hot months, we keep the bag at the base of our stairs, ready to grab after long days in the office. It’s stocked with sunscreen & snacks & freshly washed towels, even extra sunglasses & goggles. The sunshine does wonders for my soul but the fast transition between office & pool with an excited preschooler in tow can send my stress levels through the roof. Like any part of parenting, I’ve found that being able to anticipate emergencies & pack ahead keeps the excitement & anticipation at a manageable (& fun) level.
- Sunscreen: People, do not play around with skin cancer. Cover yourself.
- Extra towels: I always keep a few extras, especially in May & June when the water is still chilly & warm, dry towels are needed to stay warm during break.
- Double-duty shampoo: We eat dinner at the pool on weeknights, so bathing in the clubhouse locker rooms means Harry can play longer & just hop in bed when we get home.
- Lotion: Because chlorine is brutal on the skin. It causes itchy, dry skin so when he’s out of the shower, I cover both of us in gentle, fragrance-free lotion like Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion and it seems to have work it’s magic overnight.
- Dry clothes: I stick these in a gallon zip-lock bag for after the shower.
- Hats: The sun can get tough when you’re out for 4+ hours on weekends.
- Entertainment: books, cards, a bag of pennies to dive for.
- Snacks: I always stick a few non-crumbly, non-melting snacks in the pockets for emergencies. Raisins & squeeze packs & fruit snacks are great options.
Only 3 more weeks until our pool is open & y’all, I really cannot wait. The winter was so long & the spring so cool that we are all ready to live outside. But come to think of it, I might want to throw a blanket in my bag. I’m pretty sure that the pool water will be frigid thanks to that awful winter. & I should probably make sure my bathing suit still fits.
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