The kids enjoy pool floats with wild abandon. Running, jumping leaps are taken off the side of the pool onto stacks of floats or onto a single float that skims along the water's surface to the other end of the pool. Yanking floats out from under your sibling, flipping your sibling over and bashing your sibling in the head with a float 'on accident' are all fun pool games.
I enjoy a single pool float with cup holders in a still, quiet pool.
Today I snuck out to the pool while the kids were watching a movie. Getting onto a pool float is a terrible, undignified experience involving teetering and wobbling, weird pool float sounds and swimsuit adjustments. Getting off is no piece of cake either. I imagine my neighbors are watching and taking bets on how many times I'm going to slip off before I finally get myself perched perfectly on my flotation device. I have finally fine-tuned getting on and off with out getting my hair wet, getting pool water on my sunglasses, spilling my drink, or drenching my true crime book but it is still not a pretty sight.
Once I am on the float and carefully holding the perfect, skillfully balanced position to prevent capsizing I drift along imagining myself in some far off exotic place with warm breezes and rustling palm fronds - well actually, it's Florida so I have warm breezes and rustling palms going on already.
Today just as I'm lost in thought in the very middle of the pool I hear a far off voice say something that sounds slightly like "snake". That's weird. Did one of the children just say..
"MOM! THERE'S A SNAKE IN THE POOL!!"
Snake! In the pool?!!!
Dignity be damned! I hit the water in a big bubbling splash, floundering around blindly for the side or the steps because my face is covered by my dripping wet hair and my sunglasses are gone. While I drag myself over the edge of the pool to lay gasping and sputtering on the concrete my book bobs by. All the while I imagined an anaconda sized venomous snake right behind me about to bite my butt because my swimsuit needs adjustment.
Carlie decided to name him Fluffy.