I’m not much of a winter person. I want the snow to start falling the day after Thanksgiving and to stop — completely — on January 2. That’s when spring should begin, steadily growing warmer and warmer.
Today, with the Lindon, Utah, temperature sitting squarely at 26 degrees fahrenheit, I’m fantasizing about our pool. The one we haven’t installed, but have clearly marked on our plans and plumbed for in the backyard.
All the years we lived in Florida, I could not tolerate having a pool. With six kids spread out over 16 years, we always had a toddler. And I had nightmares about drowning. So in the three places we lived in Florida, one of the top criteria was no pools. And in south Florida, that isn’t easy!
Even now, with my “baby” being eight years old and a moderately good swimmer, the first rule of pools is to have a high quality pool cover. It needs to seal out water and have a locking mechanism.
I may not have small children anymore, but some day I’ll have grandkids. And they better be here…a lot! Our soon-to-be new neighbors have two little boys, as well. And pools look fascinating to little boys.
If you have a pool, please secure it. It can be the source of many, many hours of fun if properly cared for.