Tonight the local public swimming pool in Crescent Hill had a neighborhood block party sponsored by a local councilwoman. It's free and we've gone for 4 straight years. There's free pizza, drinks, dessert, music, and door prizes. The girls love to go. So do I. We all threw on our swimsuits and headed for the pool. It was a bit chilly tonight with the high not quite reaching 70 degrees. There was no decision making in the fact that I was going to swim with my girls. For an hour and half we ate, swam, and laughed. Megan spent most of the evening with her friends. When it came time for the door prizes drawing, we headed in to see who had won. Abigail won a t-shirt, Brigid won a gift certificate to Coneys and Conez, and Caroline won a gift card to Heine Bros. coffee. Megan did not win and I thought she might be mad. After chatting with her I reminded her that she was going to a slumber party tomorrow night and she seemed ok with that. I had a blast with the girls in the pool. The water is heated, it wasn't crowded and we just laughed and laughed.
Now back to my fat ass. (I'm hoping no future employers read this and hold my potty mouth against me.) I mention it because out of all those parents there I only saw maybe 3 or 4 of them in the water! Only one other Mom and the rest were Dads. Really? Why would you bring your kids to the pool and not get in the water with them? If it's time for your cycle then I could maybe see skipping the water. But for what other reason would you have for not getting in the water and enjoying your kids? Surely it can't be because you don't want someone to see you in your swimsuit. Here's what I look like in mine:
It's not pretty and I know that but I'm not going to let my doughy, out of shape, fat ass keep me from enjoying my time with my kids!!! Nothing should ever keep you from enjoying your time with your kids!! I have looked like a fool on numerous occasions while enjoying time with my girls. And really when you think about it there will be a time when my girls won't want me around. They won't want me to be in the pool with them. They'll want to enjoy their friends. When they tell me NOT to be with them then I will respect that. I will feel a little sad but I will respect them.
Until then the world will be subjected to my fat ass and all it's lumpy loveliness. 'Cause I know my kids won't remember the size of my ass in that swimsuit. They will remember the fun we had together when I didn't let my self-consciousness affect our joy.