Back at home, Sarah and I went over to the pool. Karlee, the blonde from the picture up top, came down to meet us. She and Sarah have been friends for years. They get bickery sometimes. I think this was one of those times, but I'm unsure. All the kids get louder at the pool. I don't know why that is - something about the water makes them scream with every interaction. I try to quiet Sarah down, but she has trouble with volume control when she's on land. In fact, I can hear her voice all the way at the playground right now. "Give it back, Will!" she is saying.
I like the pool best when there's very few children around. They tend to jump on each other's heads and that stresses me out. We had very strict pool rules when I was a kid. My grandparents had a pool and we spent the entire summer in it. There was no dunking, no splashing, and absolutely no running.
These boys, Joe and James, ran all over the place. They also splashed water up each other's noses, pushed each other in, dunked each other, and screamed. A lot. Sarah was fascinated. See how she's watching them?
They have long been a couple of my favorite boys from school. Joe is getting older now, he's at the end of 5th grade, so the sarcasm is kicking in. The kids who are in the 6th grade use sarcasm regularly. I get the impression that they feel it's the way you are supposed to talk to adults - like one big kid talking to another.
Joe and James have lots of freckles and teeth. They are BOY-boys. Once, I saw an older girl beating up Joe and even though I know he could have taken her, he didn't. He isn't supposed to hit girls. I said, "Hey!" and made them follow me down to the principal. I can remember thinking that it was after school hours and I wasn't sure what I would do if they didn't follow me. I was so upset, I was shaking all over and felt sick to my stomach. Happily, the kind of thing doesn't happen very often, but when it does, I have the same reaction. The violence, it scares me. I'm having a problem getting my entries to format properly. For example, right now I want to start a new paragraph and I can't get the cursor to move where I want it to. Grrr.