Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Let Me Go!

I've been spending some time at Gandy Pool lately because it's been hot as a wok around here. Well that, and my latest wild hair is that I've decided I want to become a lap swimmer. Riding the bike and walking is fun and all, but did I mention it's hot as a wok?! Exercise in the pool is right up my alley.

But I digress...

So Mike and I spent Saturday and Sunday at Gandy Pool, swimming laps and getting some sun. It was meant to be calming...relaxing. Instead, I left the pool Sunday with this overwhelming desire to get my tubes tied.

I heard more squalling, screaming, whining and fit-pitching- and that was just the parents. Nah, not really.

One little girl, she couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old- practically set off car alarms in the parking lot with her shriek. She did something wrong and her dad was holding her by the arm and walking her back to where she was supposed to be while she screamed as though she were being scalped and howled, "LET ME GO!!!"



All the while, I'm thinking, "For the love of God, let her go!"

No, actually, I was thinking, "Beat her a--!"

Is that too harsh? Well, I come from a family where if I was squalling like that for no good reason, my mama would offer to provide said reason.

Actually, I think the parents were doing a fairly decent job with this child. She was wanting to have her way, and they weren't letting her. It was a battle of the wills and the parents were determined to win. For that, I applaud them.

I also want to point out that if a stranger ever tries to grab that child, he/she will rue the day, because Little Girl had some LUNGS on her. Plus, she's got the whole "Let me GO!" routine down pretty good.

Another child, a little boy of about the same age, was standing by his family's chairs and towels, yelling, "Mommy!"

Over. And over. And over again.

Finally, in an attempt to stifle him, I asked, what's wrong?

Immediately he started crying and said, "Mommy won't come here!"

Wow. That's demanding. Did I mention I want to get my tubes tied?


Anonymous said...

i'm sooo with you on this one...one reason i don't go to places like the Gandy Pool

Highlands Storage said...

Oh my gosh! Yeah thats why I dont go either! LOL I have kids and am happy Im down to only one under 14! Love your writing see you have been busy too. Been working and need to write more - maybe it will help! Have a great day at the POOL LOL

Jan said...

before kids, i went to the 'adult' pool and it was sooo relaxing; but all that did change after kids! now, my son is old enough that he can go alone with friends and I get to stay away from all of that. Drives me crazy too. But, I love my own kids more than anything else in the universe. Ya don't know what you're missin' if ya haven't had 'em yet! I even went through in-vitro to help my son be created! It is worth it...even with a career, a little Delk would probably surprise the heck out of you and you'd see things from a totally new (and joyful...mostly!)perspective. Take Care!!

DarbySea said...

You know you are always welcomed at my pool. :)

Lakelandmom said...

Hilarious, thanks for making me laugh. Unfortunately, I know all too well what you mean. Kids in public is a double-edged sword. On one hand you want them to be quiet, but usually if they are, it's because they're getting what they want - which is often not what is best for them. Nice post, thanks. By the way, I have 4 kids, all perfect, darling little angels! ; )