Birthday parties for kids are such fun that I decided to try a pool gala for my nephew George, five, at his suburban home. The yard was great for the little ones—lots of space, a nice lawn, some pool toys, and the like. Just a few friends would be coming so the adults could watch the little swimmers frolic. A lot of splashing and yelling indicated a good time was in progress. The tots were just out of toddlerhood and able to enjoy water games and sports. Some could dive off the low board, usually in cannonball fashion. Others waded quietly in the shade. Things progressed well for the two-hour festivities. As the kids became tired, however, they needed to get out of the pool and dress for cake time and photos. We had it pretty well planned. In spite of our vigilance, however, one little deserter found his way to the upstairs bathroom and decided to shower off the smelly chlorine. Who knows why?
A little trail of wet footprints was found leading to the master bath. After all, it had a huge shower with a double shower head, big enough for two adults to clean themselves in luxury… or get a bit of mum and dad time. Pete, the kid in question, thought this would be just right. Surprise, surprise. The shower head was so complicated that when he started turning the knobs, a deluge of water began drenching his little soul. We found him in no time after seeing his abandoned clothing and hearing assorted shrieks–not always of delight.
We found the tyke up to his little behind in suds, which was a laughing matter; but we also detected tears amid the water droplets covering his diminutive face. Poor fellow. We felt so sorry for him. We dried him off with a big, fluffy deluxe towel and wrapped him in a dry one to take him downstairs for a change of clothes. We thought that would be the end of the matter. Not so.
A few of us parents finally got to see what A Great Shower that George’s parents have. The bathroom area rug was a miniature wading pool and George’s parents were in considerable distress. Pete could have drowned, after all, in their very own kid-safe home. They thought the kids would be secure by the pool and they were right! The house was another matter.
Pete was the talk of cake time. He couldn’t stop bragging about his adventure and loved the attention. George was not as enamored with the tale, but the birthday boy put up with it seeing all the laughter and glee. Pete was his buddy and frequent play date. He wasn’t going to spoil his fun. Kids like adversity, especially when they can overcome it. The shower head became an evil dragon spewing water venom. The adults could just see vivid pictures in the children’s heads of this simple device coming to life. Pete was the conquering hero and a good time was had by all. But not until each child got to see the villain for himself.