When our kids are babies, they're always in our arms or on our hips. This obviously includes when we're at the pool in the summer. But as they get older, we gain a bit more freedom, as they no longer need us to constantly prevent their drowning. (Thank you, floaties!) The temptation comes then to tap out when they hit the water, kick back in our lawn chairs, and work on our tans. I'm just like you -- I'm tempted to veg for a while, but something in me just won't let me do it for long. Because how will these kids know how to play "Fruit Basket" if somebody who was around in the '90's doesn't show them?!
So I suppress the desire to soak up some rays and hit the pool to make memories instead. Because my kids will only be little once.
Usually when we go swimming, we have other cousins and friends who join us. But there was one day this week that we went when no one else could. Eden was really bummed and kept saying how she wanted SOMEONE else to be there. I gave her my best offended face and told her that her mama knew how to have fun. I'd have to ask her to be sure, but I don't think she was disappointed. We played "Fruit Basket" and "Marco Polo" and "Sharks and Minnows" and "Mermaids," and this mama may have even jumped off a diving board for the first time in about 10 years... It was ugly but it happened. And they are, thankfully, easy to impress.
I am NOT a perfect mama so don't let this blog series fool you. I yell too much and lose my patience and yes, sometimes veg out when I should be playing. But then I'm always convicted because this mom gig is the most important thing I'll ever do. And as people say, the days are long but the years are short. (Summers are apparently short too; this one's almost over!) So I want to take advantage of every opportunity I have to crack a joke, make a splash, and imprint another fun memory onto my kiddos' minds. Every shared experience is equity in our relationship. And what a worthwhile investment it is.
This is my third post in the "Be The Mom" series I'm doing this month with Amanda Farris. In case you missed the previous posts, they were --
Be The Mom Who Gets In The Floor And Plays With Your Kids (mine)
Be The Mom Who Makes Root Beer Floats (Amanda's)
Be The Mom Who Plans a Fun Day (mine)
Be The Mom Who Is Their #1 Fan (Amanda's)
Remember to leave a comment on any of our "Be The Mom" posts for a chance to win the "Be The Mom" book by Tracey Eyster. And come back next Friday for our last week of the series!