A reader writes in regarding the wading pool at Wallingford Playfield:
I was wondering if there was some sort of etiquette lesson you could provide regarding the wading pool? I feel a bit clueless. My baby recently became a toddler and we’ve been there several times now, and I can’t help but feel that we are getting the cold shoulder and/or evil eye at times. Perhaps we are ignorantly breaking some code of wading pool conduct. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
A fine question! We’re assuming you know the basic rules, such as No “Bare Buns” (bathing suit attire required, babies must wear tight plastic pants or diapers designed for swimming), No spots (people with communicable diseases are not allowed in the pool), No fidos (dogs, cats, etc.), No bikes, No water fights and No drugs or alcohol. But is there some “unwritten” rule set that you are perhaps unaware?
Without actually observing you and your toddler at play, it’s difficult for us to say for sure, but we will offer a set of guidelines for behavior that, should you find yourself deviating from them, might be the source of your social pariah-hood:
- No Wake: floaties and toy boats are allowed, but if you using anything capable of towing a human being, such as a Moomba Mobius XLV, you’re probably being inconsiderate of fellow bathers. Basic rule of thumb: if you know much horsepower it has, it’s too much.
- No “Bare Busts”: While Wallyhood is open-minded, and we have enjoyed our fair share of time on European and American “clothing optional” beaches, this is Wallingford, not Ipanema. Moms, this means you. Actually, some of you dads, too.
- No Bumpin‘: We know, we know: hot summer day, cool water, something to drink, what’s it missing? Tunes! Big phat tunes, ska, skunkin’ funk, dubstep, disco and trance, you want to hear and you want to hear it loud. Well, that’s what they make headphones for. Basic rule of thumb: if you have to make two trips to the car, your sound system is too big.
- No Fishing: Really people, what would you catch?
What have you missed?
And does anyone have any advice or anecdotes that might actually help our plaintive reader (who really did write in with the question)?