The pool at the club is the kids favorite place on a hot day. I don’t mind spending time lounging about in the sun either and they are becoming better swimmers every year. I still have my fantasy wish list with a pool in the backyard of our house, but for now we’re using the club pool. The club instituted a new service this year – bar service at the snack bar. This could lead to some trouble for some moms. Having a cocktail or even two after fivish o’clock has always been an option when on your own dry land. Starting at lunch should be reserved for special occasions.
Normally at the club, I sit with my girlfriends. We set our lounge chairs all in a row so we can keep an eye on all of our kids. If it gets really hot, we join the children in the pool to cool off. Once every hour, the lifeguards blow their whistles and let the grownups take over the pool. The kids sit on the side impatiently kicking their legs and feet in the water. It’s a great time for the big people as we bob around talking in the chest deep water.
Last week, during a very hot afternoon, we all learned a lesson about drinking and swimming. A group of middle-age women sit together on the side of the pool near the snack bar. Their children are older and don’t need as much mom attention. There are fewer “Mom, watch this” occasions as one of our younger children try some daring jump into the water. Those mothers have a little more time to drink while sunbathing. This may have led to the embarrassing event that occurred. After the whistle for the adult swim, the moms and some dads wandered over to the pool. The moms usually ease themselves into the pool so that their hair doesn’t get wet.
Ambanda Destry, of the middle-age women group, was getting into the pool after she had two post lunch cocktails. Unfortunately, she had also skipped lunch that day because one of her friends had made a remark about her expanding waist. Ambanda got a little off balance on her way down the ladder and slipped down into the water. Unfortunately, she completely lost her balance when one of the men belly-flopped into the pool near her and caused a wave to catch her off guard. When she was hit by the baby wave and covered by water, everyone’s attention turned from the man to her. As she surfaced, something that looked like a wet animal was floating next to her. There were gasps and then stifled chuckles as everyone realized that her wig had come off. Some moms covered the eyes of their children as they sat giggling on the side of the pool.
I’m not sure if there is any coincidence or not, but the club announced the closing of the bar at the snack bar this week. All in all, probably for the best.