First you must float ...
There. I said it.
Despite the fact that my husband worked doggedly in the wind and rain and sun to renovate the pool that he ... well ... broke.
From the moment he got it gurgling to a clear, if not dark-bottomed oasis again - the first time since we moved into the house - I've been counting the days until winter.
When we can close it on up again.
I can't stop thinking about the statistics. About the people we actually know, as well as those we've read about in the news, who have lost children in pools.
I can't stop thinking about how I could have been one of those statics myself, when I was a toddler and slipped into a pool at a party and sunk to the bottom.
But we can't live in fear. We have to be practical. And proactive.
Even if I am mostly NEGATIVE:
* No kids in the pool yard without an adult. Ever.
* No beginning swimmers in the deep end without an adult who is free to swim with them one-on-one.
* Not following the directions of adults is grounds for ouster from pool area for the remainder of the day.
And one positive ... The most important positive of all pool rules:
All children must learn to float on their backs first and foremost.
After they master that, we'll work on the crawl.