How’s your summer? Ours can be summed up in two words — sunblock and swimsuits. If you can’t find us at the pool, we’re at the beach. If we’re not at the beach, try the water park. In other words, our beach towels are getting a workout.
And that’s how we want it — quality time in Florida is spent around the water. It’s our first full summer in our new home with a pool. It was a splurge — my wife wanted a new kitchen and I held out for a pool. I won. But I foresee a VERY expensive kitchen in our future as compensation.
So far, our lazy summer conversations have gone something like this:
Me: “What do you guys want to do today?”
Me: “Ok. Let’s do it.”
That’s the life of a dad who works nights and has summer mornings free to swim and sweat in the Florida sun.
We race to grab our swimsuits (By the way, am I the only one who thinks that webbing inside the swimsuit will one day kill a child? My kids look like they’re doing slapstick pratfalls when they try to put on their suits.) Then, I am able to bring the fun to an immediate and screeching halt with a single word — sunblock. Oh, how my boys loathe sunblock. It’s like I’m spreading hot, molten lava on their skin when I rub that SPF 100 deep into their unspoiled faces. They wriggle. They writhe. They dance like they’re on fire to avoid that lotion. If they ever play organized football I will tell them that when they run with the ball, imagine the tackler is chasing them with sunblock.
Then, we crank the tunes — Pitbull’s “Fireball” is their song of choice this summer — open the pool gate and jump, dive and flail (Louis Prima reference) to our hearts content.
This is what I envisioned when we started looking for a house about 18 months ago. I wanted a home with a backyard pool where we could build the type of memories that I saw other families have when I was a kid — lounging, chill, together time where everyone has a smile on their face and relaxation in their body. Sure, there are a myriad of other ways to accomplish that outside of a pool but we live in Florida. If we’re going to be here for a while — and I certainly think we are — then a pool is just short of a necessity.
That is what summer’s are built on. And I am not ready for this summer to end.