Oh, Snap!

     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….