I’m still going through pictures and at some point they will…hopefully…most likely…maybe appear on this blog. During the photo procrastination process I discovered these photos and realized how easy it is to manipulate a story with a simple photo (ahem media scum).
For example, take this….
I have no idea. What is that? Wait, that’s my son. What is my son doing?
Then after a few moments I was able to make out that he was butt up, face down in a kiddie pool filled with water. But why?!? Thrills? Kiddie pool suicide? Thanks to my Mom and her trusty cellular device I was able to view the next photo and the WHY suddenly became clear.
I laughed. And laughed. A lot. You see, my Mom was babysitting my niece and nephews and my kids and I traveled along to help. I quickly realized that my older son was “helping” to entertain the kids with this kiddie pool submersion, breath holding game. While this activity might be considered dangerous by most child care providers (hence all of the danger, warnings, and no head submersion signs on these things), my Mom is a born and bred country girl.
She experienced these breath holding activities in rivers with life sucking under currents, lived in her bare feet (tetanus be damned) and rode crazy horses bare back at break neck speeds for miles and miles in the untouched fields. I bet she even caught rattle snakes with her bare hands and cooked them over an open fire. So to her this form of adult-supervised entertainment was perfectly safe and acceptable.
Perfectly safe and acceptable? Sure, I guess…until the little 2-year-old (the one on the pool sidelines sucking it all in with a twinkle in his eye) decides to do an unexpected face plant into the water filled kiddie pool giving his parents an out-of-body experience when they least expect it. Or when the overly competitive child passes out while submerged from pushing the oxygen deprivation limit a little too far. Parental FUN indeed!
But to the river swimming, stallion riding, bare foot living, rattle snake wrangling woman my kids call grandma, a little kiddie pool head dunking is perfectly acceptable.
Perfectly safe and acceptable.