Thursday, July 19, 2012

inside looking poolside

A house with a pool. A dream, I suppose for many, yet for Rudy and I, we just wanted a house. To live in, to provide stability for our children. Just a simple house. Something cozy. That's it.

It seems many people, when looking for a new home, would love to have a pool in the backyard. The lap of luxury. But for us, as great as that may have seemed, it wasn't our focus when looking at places to settle into.

So, to our surprise, the house where we immediately grabbed hold of each others hand, clasped them within only a few feet of entering the front door, knew without even having toured the place, and deciding right then and there this house was the one, we were pleasantly surprised to find a built-in pool in the backyard.

All kids say they wish they had a pool in their yard, and then, well, reality hits. "Oh, it's so hot! Why not jump in the pool, cool off?" I'd say. "Nah," the kids would reply. And there the pool would sit, on hot summer days, without playmates. Over time, I have learned that this is typical, at least at our place it is. Not much pool play going on.

Well, interestingly, recently, the pool has been getting a lot of attention.

We had to drain it, to refresh the water, and while the pool was depleted, the light would finally be replaced, bringing back the glowing water in the evening.

The unexpected result? The kids, and I, discovered a new fascination. An empty pool is pretty cool. And not only for us, but for our two cats as well. As the water level slowly went down, Cassandra curiously stepped down onto the first step, considering if she should take a sip of the chlorinated liquid.

When the water was nearly gone, the kids and I decided to take a stroll into the depths of the plaster-covered cement. Amazing! Really. We sat in the pool, just feeling its vibe, the huge expanse of it.

Later that evening, after the light was replaced, and the water began to fill again, I turned on said light, and the boys and I sat there, again, inside the pool, amazed by the beauty of it all. The large hole in the ground, the old retro-looking walls, looking super bright, with the illumination of the newly installed light fixture, was worthy of our time.

We talked, simply bonding. A mom, and her two boys. And then the light blinked off. Automatically.

The following morning, I went out to check the progress of the water level. Higher than the night before, but still low. I crawled into the pool again, this time with Skyler, who seemed to be as in awe as I was.

Pools are awesome. Fun. Refreshing. Entertaining. And so on. Yet, now I know, that when the pool is empty, those things simply double in pleasure.

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