Since yesterday was yet another gorgeous day here, I took the kids over to the beach after school to meet some of their friends. We live in the Great Lakes area and are very fortunate to have a huge, beautiful beach just five minutes from our house. My out of town friends are always surprised when we take them to our beach because it truly is like a Florida beach. We practically live at this beach in the summer because we are all secretly beach bums.
The outside temperature yesterday was a perfect eighty-five degrees, with nothing but sun and blue skies overhead. The sand was even hot under your feet. The water temperature, though, was quite another story. It was flat-out, freaking C-O-L-D!!!! The other moms and I wouldn’t even let our kids get in the water because it was so flipping chilly. So, it was nothing short of an “Oh, snap!” moment when my daughter’s little friend’s favorite bucket got swept away and ended up about a half mile away from the shore.
Now, in my head, I was thinking how much that sucks that the bucket was gone. Even though the little girl was clearly upset, you couldn’t have paid me to drag my ass through that freezing water to fetch a damn plastic bucket. This little girl’s mother, though, immediately whipped her skirt off and started out after the bucket. I told her that she deserved the Mother of the Year award without a doubt — I mean, we’re talking about wading through fifty-five degree water in a bikini! Unfortunately, though, the bucket had sunk by the time she got all the way out there. I felt so bad for the mom, whose chattering teeth and pissed-off look said it all when she got back to the shore. She admitted that it wasn’t worth it in the end.
And just as I was saying how she’s a better mom than me for going in after it, I looked up to see my son’s Croc floating away in the lake, as well. Son of a bitch! A shoe is a bit more essential than a bucket, so I, too, was then forced to drag my bikini-clad derriere into that frigid water. Luckily, I was able to retrieve the shoe, but I had to spend some time thawing out once I got back to the beach. It was seriously like an ice bath in that lake! We then moved EVERYTHING we brought to the beach far, far away from the water. No one was going back in, unless an actual person was floating away. Oh, the things we mothers do for our kids….