Last Updated on February 28, 2024

Countless summer hours at the pool not only resulted in raisin-textured skin.  My fellow pool rats and I also had these profound observations:

  • The promise of spending the rest of the day in the water is a great motivator for kids and mom to finish daily chores.
  • However, we do relax our standards a bit during the summer.  An extra thick layer of dust equals UV protection for furniture.
  • Parenting and marriage issues can always be solved with fellow pool rats in the water.
  • Husbands appreciate more oft-shaved, pool-ready legs.
  • Vacation ideas, new recipes, and shopping tips are shared but can be quickly forgotten without pen and paper.
  • Kids’ imaginations and bravery soar at the pool.
  • No matter how large and empty the pool, a mom relaxing on a vinyl raft becomes a kid-magnet.
  • Meals taste better eaten pool-side.
  • The kitchen stays cleaner when eating pool-side, too!
  • Less laundry piles up when kids spend the day in swimsuits.
  • Men reclaim their childish abandon when given a pair of goggles and some diving sticks.
  • Pool rats are exhausted by 8 p.m. so chlorine can sometimes double as a bath.
  • Wet pool toys left in the car equals nasty musty smell. Store toys in a mesh laundry bag and hang on a hook in the garage.
  • Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen are choice perfumes of a pool rat.

That’s as deep as this pool rat can think with my sun-addled brain during the summer!

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  1. I love this list! Ah, it brings back memories of summer filled pool days with my three children. They are all grown now, and I am blessed to be a fellow pool rat of grandsons.