Here are just a few:
- I don't like being in a swimsuit.
- I'm not really a fan of water.
- Taking all three kids to the pool is a borderline recipe for a murder/suicide.
- There is usually puke involved.
- Followed by copious ammounts of swearing.
- One of them invariablly wants a snack, the only snack we didn't stuff into the frigging pool bag.
- Followed again by copious ammounts of swearing.
But it's been a long hot summer. The only thing to do when it's this hot is to go to the pool and stay in it. So that's exactly what we've been doing. Right after sword camp, yes that is still going on, we get a quick lunch and head to the pool.
And even at the pool the kids have been fighting. "That's my floatie! I had it first!" Alex exclaims, exasperated, pointing to the baby, who realizes pretty quickly a conspiracy is about to happen and takes off running.
"No, Mom, that's mine! Make her give it to me," screams Lizzie, grabbing the baby, followed by, "Mine, Mine, MINE," from the baby who is now fighting Lizzy on the ground.
"Mom, my ears hurt! Make her give it to me! I had it first!" Alex screams, feverishly flapping. Lizzy's still claiming its hers and the baby's now screaming rapid fire, "MINE, MINE, MINE!" Both girls are now entwined, werstling to the death.
"No, you didn't you didn't have it first, I had it first...MOM, it's mine!" Lizzy screams one more time followed by an, "OUCH!!" from the older two because the baby has slung the offending toy,hitting them squarely in the face.
And all of that was before we had gotten in the water.
So when this guy showed up, it was like Jesus Christ coming down from the Heavens giving me a brief respite from my own kids. Thank you Jesus.
|See, he even had a beard and everything.|
Alex rounded on this guy faster than I don't know what, he never saw it coming. I did and mentally said, "Ah, fuck it."
"HI! My name is Alex and OH MY GOSH are you going to open the machine?!? He is!! He is!!" Alex screams, "Mom, come over here, QUICK!!! He's going to open the machine!"
|"This is soooo cool!!!"|
And before I could even get to him, Alex had worked his way into the pop machine and was telling this guy how it works. "Did you know when they money comes in, there is a scanner??? Yup, there is! And did you know, when it comes in there are different spots for the money to go, depending on the currnecy? But not Canadian money! Did you know you have the most aswesomest job in the world?!?!"
|"Look, is that where the cooling |
agent is kept? Is it freon?"
This went on for what seemed like hours and I tried to get Alex out from underneath this guys feet....it was so not going to happen.
Vending machine guy said it was all right, he'd talk to Alex for a bit.
And for the next twenty minutes or so, he and Alex were knee-deep in conversation about the finer points of vending machine mechanics.
He was my savior. Sweet Jesus came to me in the form of soda stocking man.
When he was all set to leave, he came over and said, "You got yourself a real special kid there, take care now." And with that, he left.
I didn't have a chance to say thank you, or to say anything, he had gone that quickly. I was left thinking how kind he was to listen to Alex. To interact and engage him. To give him the time of day and make him feel special. He has no idea what it mean to me, to Alex.
I think he's pretty special too. And I'm not talking about my son.