"Mom!!!! The slide is open and the wave pool is on! Can we please go swimming, please?" T bursts in the door, shouting his request through the house.
I look outside and while it is a sunny 65 degrees, the water doesn't entice me at all unless it were a hot tub. I am in the middle of trying to prepare lunch and my husband kindly offers to take the four older children swimming while the baby sleeps and I cook.
In a matter of minutes, the children are dressed in bathing suits and have burst out the door, running toward the wave pool and waterslide. The boys climb up the stairs of the slide, eager to tackle it after longing for days to try it out! W reaches the top, sits down and realizes that the water is very, very cold. As he slides down, he concentrates on keeping upright, avoiding the icy water on his back. As he reaches the end, and begins a free fall down to the pool, he begins to rethink his whole strategy and then plunges into the frigid water. T rapidly follows, experiencing the same second thoughts. Only J analyzes the water situation and tactfully retreats from the slide. Within a few minutes, all of the children have decided that the water is too cold.
I don't think I'll be getting many more requests to swim until the weather gets warmer!