Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: Compose

Youngest's birthday party was yesterday. He turned 6, and he had all 11 boys from his kindergarten class attend, as well as a few of their older siblings.

I am a responsible pool owner. Before the big event, I sent everyone a note which included the following:

We will have a bouncy castle, which is likely the biggest attraction. We also have a trampoline and a pool. If you'd like to have your child swim, please send him/her with a bathing suit and towel. (They can just wear the bathing suit if they'd like.) If you do not want your child to swim, please let me know as well. It would also be great to know the level of their swimming ability. We've hosted many parties where guests have used the pool, and we're very attentive whenever we have kids in the pool. As you may know, I'm a task master -- I've even got the whistle to make sure everyone obeys the rules.

Please also let me know if it's okay for your child to go on the trampoline. It's got a net. We've yet to have any problems with kids getting hurt.

Pretty basic stuff, right? I've got a pool, people. It's a heck of a child magnet. I understand that. That's why we don't relax at parties. Just like the TSA, we are always on high alert here.

This is the note I would like to compose for one of the boy's parents:

I'm at a loss to understand why you sent X with his swimsuit and towel when it is clear he does not know how to swim. What possessed you to send your precious 6-year-old son to a party outfitted with clothes to change into so he could go swimming? My husband, who is not supposed to lift anything heavier than five pounds because of his triple bypass six weeks ago, had to fish X out of the pool. While all of the other kids were swimming and enjoying themselves, your son nearly drowned because you didn't see fit to tell us that he doesn't know how to dog paddle, float or in any way swim. Your response upon being told further boggles my mind. "Yes, we have to work on his swimming, don't we?" Do you know that "drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14"? I know that, which is why we are forever vigilant. I'm just saddened that I have to be so vigilant because there are idiots like you out there with children.

Gosh, I feel better just having written that for my Sunday Scribblings post this week. Thanks for listening.

13 comments:

Lucy said...

oh my! that had to really kick the party up a notch!
It is mind boggling to think a parent would do that!
That poor child has a long way to go under their parents poor judgement. Poor little guy. Hope he is A okay! And hope you pick chuck E cheeses for the next B.d. setting!

Mary Beth said...

The sheer inconsiderateness of some people never ceases to amaze me. Their child wanted to go in the pool so they let him, never stopping to consider what it would mean to you.

Tammy said...

I'd have to really hold my composure with those parents. WOW!

Granny Smith said...

Unbelievable! HOW did you stay composed under such circumstances. Maybe you should mail that letter.

Cheryl said...

Oh man. That would really get me in a dither, too.

tumblewords said...

Scary, isn't it? Sometimes one wonders what goes on in heads. Good thing your hub could save the kid - hope he doesn't feel worse for it!

MamaGeek said...

Wow, why is everything so dramatic these days? And why I am I no longer suprised at these types of people?

I bet writing that WAS therapeutic in and of itself!

Jill said...

Oh, dear God. People scare me in their idiocy.... Responsibility!!!!! UGH!

Bubba's Sis said...

I never cease to be amazed at the moronic attitudes some parents have. THANK YOU for being a vigilant parent! There are too many out there who aren't, and too many tragedies that occur as a direct result.

D... said...

Wow, talk about irresponsible parenting on their part. I just can not imagine what they were thinking. They are incredibly lucky that they sent their son to your house. Your house that has caring, vigilant parents rather than the ones who just assume everyone is safe in the water.

Scribbit said...

Crazy--just crazy!

Ruth Dynamite said...

Sheer idiocy. Thank God for your vigilance.

Jeanne said...

That little boy is lucky he was at your house! My five year old daughter is in swimming lessons, and even so, if I knew there was a pool at any party I would have cleared my schedule so that I could stay, and supervise her myself. It saddens me that some people don't fully comprehend child safety issues.

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