Our City opened outdoor public pools this week and T and I leapt into its refreshing water this afternoon like reuniting with an old friend.
It brought me so much joy to see how giddy he got in the water, the first swim since early March.
We’ve always gone to indoor pools, but we’re not about to get fussy about swimming outdoor.
The City set it up so the pool is opened at the top of every hour for 45 minutes. Then it closes for 15 minutes of cleaning and opens again.
People line up outside using markings on the ground that are two metres apart.
When guests get inside, a lifeguard asks a short set of assessment questions (e.g. “Do you have a fever?”) before letting you proceed.
Indoor change rooms are not available. Good to know for next time!
The second I gave T the permission to go in the water, he ran right in.
I loved seeing how much fun T was having. Splashing water, dunking his head in – I told him beforehand to keep his mouth closed – and chasing me while pretending to be a shark.
The water was cold and the scorching sun had vanished behind thick dark clouds.
I thought back to when the hubby and I first took T swimming when he was a toddler and he cried because the water was so cold and we had to cut swim time short. How much he has since grown!
There were only two other families at the pool; eight people, including T and I, so physical distancing was not hard to do!
T asked if he could jump off the ledge. I told him to ask the lifeguard. And he did in his meek voice. Very politely, I might add.
The dark clouds burst open for a few minutes, drenching us from above and it felt glorious. And soon after, the blue skies returned.
The 45 minutes flew by very quickly.
After our swim, I took us to McDonald’s drive thru – plain sundae for him and ice coffee for me.
It felt just like the old days. But I am very aware we are still in a pandemic – and to remain cautious and safe.
I intend to do that, while also embracing the new liberties being allowed by City officials.
I know it did a world of good for T to be in that pool. We’re moving forward for T with a balance of physical safety and overall wellbeing.
When we got home tonight, I let him have free time on the tablet while I lounged quietly catching up on the news.
We had a homemade cheesecake – my very first! – which T and I baked together earlier in the day.
The first week of summer break for T is off to a wonderful start!
A big heartfelt thanks to the lifeguards and everyone who worked hard to bring this service back for everyone. It is so appreciated!