I recently got an email from my gym announcing a pool closure for the day. There had been a “sanitary issue” and the management was “following the latest CDC guidelines for dealing with accidents in the pool.”
It took a second to sink in: Someone had pooped in the pool.
I hadn’t planned on going to the pool that day so it was funny instead of devastating (for the kids). But I immediately forwarded the email to both Jenn and my husband — mostly because thank goodness it wasn’t my kid who pooped in the pool causing a pool shutdown. As a parent, you realize, hey, accidents happen, but usually accidents are at home where the only repercussions are that you have to wash poop off something or yourself — not that you cause widespread devastation and an entire facility to get shut down so as to not spread poop diseases. I cannot imagine how mortifying that would be as a parent; I think I’d have a really, really hard time showing my face at the pool again that season.
My husband and I, being super mature, got into a bit of a “Would You Rather” game. Because faced with these two horrifying scenarios, what would you choose?
Would you rather…
… conceal a pool poop, even if it meant you had to bare-hand a nugget?
… or cause a pool-wide shut down?
Writing this just now made me realize that it’s entirely possible that you could just swim away from your “problem” and hope no one saw but that would mean that there is just unclaimed … floating … this post takes the cake for grossness and maturity. Career high, people.
So, in the spirit of parental maturity, what would you rather do? Have you ever faced a pool “problem”? —Erin