We had a refreshing dip, but it was short-lived because recreational swimming was superseded by lap swimming and lessons at precisely 3:45.
The kids wanted to hang out at the pool for a while, despite not being able to get in the water. So they changed out of their suits and into their "towel dresses"--which I had envisioned them wearing only during the brief trip home--and proceeded to goof around poolside.
|Actually a picture from last summer. They've grown a lot since then.|
|Also from last summer|
The only problem with the towel dresses was that the girls had nothing to wear underneath them. That, and their exhibitionist tendencies.
I was trying to chill on the chaise lounge, but I kept having to yell at the kids for sticking their naked butts (which they have discovered are hilarious) in each other's faces, and for giving themselves pelvic exams in full view of all the other pool patrons.
Like so many matters that are based on inscrutable cultural norms, it's hard to explain to a couple of four-year-olds why it's important that they hide certain parts of their bodies from public view. So when I told them to keep their towel dresses deployed for maximum coverage and they asked me why, I answered: "Well, certain parts of your body are private. Nobody else is supposed to see them. Look at all the ladies at the pool. See how their swimsuits cover up their booties and their bo-bos? That's because those are private parts."
"But why, Daddy?"
"Um...it's hard to explain. It's just kind of what everyone has agreed that we want to see and don't want to see. Maybe mom can explain it better."
I know, right? Total cop-out.
Later, when the kids were telling Mom about our day, they mentioned that they had been sticking their booties out and I had spoiled all their fun. Mom tried to reinforce my admonitions to adhere to our society's standards for modesty and shame, and they half-listened. It's probably no more or less ridiculous to them than any rules we've imposed on them.
Here's the part where it's going to get even trickier: We're leaving tomorrow for a week-long vacation to a lovely island in the Caribbean where clothing is optional on most beaches. Talk about your first-world problems.
Wish me luck.