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Nine Steps to Using a Paddling Pool

Posted on the 29 May 2017 by Ravenswingthog @ravenswingthog

Nine Steps to Using a Paddling Pool

Sometimes, you just gotta cool down.


These last few days it's been really quite warm, so we've had the paddling pool out for my son to play in.  It's fascinating how he doesn't appear to have any reaction to the coolness of the pool water versus the general temperature, whilst both myself and my wife, when tempted to the water, find it unacceptably cold.  I've theorised that the body acclimatises to the water in a number of steps, as follows:
Step 1: Touching the water with your toe, you say something along the lines of "OH MY GOD THAT'S TOO COLD!!!" and, resistant to your childs' commands, you decide to next to the paddling pool and read a book.
Step 2: Sat next to the pool, you think about just how hot it is, and summarise that it might actually be quite nice to have a paddle.
Step 3: You stand in the pool.  After a few seconds you become used to the water and find that paddling is relatively pleasant, but when you get accidentally splashed up to the knee you flee the pool squealing "It's SO COLD!!!""
Step 4: You reluctantly return to the pool, cautious of splashes.
Step 5: After persistent requests from your child, you kneel down in the pool.  That's cold.
Step 6: Then you sit in the pool. Now THAT'S cold.
Step 7: Your child finds a jug from somewhere, and chucks an entire jug of icy water at you. Blinded and shaking from the freezing water working its way down your torso, you sit in the pool clutching your face, hoping to be able to open your eyes sometime the next day.
Step 8: Your child takes advantage of your inability to see by pouring what seems to be the contents of the Arctic Sea on the back of your head.
Step 9: Congratulations, you are now acclimatised to the water!
Today the weather is far worse, and I look forward to a day determinedly inside :)

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