First I’ll address the issue that’s obvious given all my previous posts on modesty. BATHING SUITS. I feel beyond the merits of modestly as a life choice, a more modest suit allows for more movement, more freedom, more enjoyment; especially for an active mom playing with and chasing kids, not sunning for the guys on the pool side. The pool and other bathing occasions also gives a person a very unmistakable opportunity to make a visual statement about their “stance on modesty” It is easy to talk about modest suits, but then what do you choose to buy or wear? Summer is a real chance to make a testimony with our choices; do we stick to the guns that are so easy in winter, or do we get lazy?
Ok, MY suit: I freely admit that I am not really happy with it. I got it in 2004 and have worn it though 2 pregnancies and nursed 2 boys in it. I’d love a swim-dress more like this – but they are expensive and I try not to spend a lot of money of clothing and so on for me; also they’d be special order (that is bought on-line or something) and I hate to buy clothing that way especially something that needs to fit like a bathing suit. In general I do not like buying clothing I can’t try one, and since I am tall and have a long torso getting bathing suits is particularly challenging. Not something as elaborate as this but something more like a skirt like this http://www.hydrochic.com/rubadowask.html but INCLUDING shorts. Maybe the JULEIT option here: http://www.becomingswimdress.com/?? I really LIKE these suits: http://www.swimmodest.com/modestswimsuits.lasso. BUT I do not like the fabric; I’d choose a solid color myself. So, anyhow I have not made that investment. Also considering “UV Clothing” a nice ¾ “rash guard” shirt would be perfect if I could find a nice skirted bottom for it.
I have yet to make that investment; but I will, I think, next time I get a suit. I am pretty happy with the skirt I have on my green suit, it is longer than any of the other suits a with skirts I have tried on, so that is nice and the bottoms come up to my waist, they do not just hang on my hips. The top is a problem. It just doesn’t fit like it did when I bought it, it doesn’t cover my tummy as well as I’d like as I play with the boys and I’d like the neck line to be higher. Now that Little Brother rarely nurses out and about, and I do not need to worry as much about access as much (I miss that, to be honest). I think I am going to try something new. I have a one piece bathing suit with a much higher neck, better coverage at the arms and on the back, it is black; it did not fit when I was pregnant and did not offer the necessary access for nursing; so I have not been wearing it. I am thinking of wearing it and the green swim skirt over it for this year. I need the skirt; I feel the bottom really needs to be covered. Nevertheless I’d like better coverage up top. So that is my plan, then maybe for Christmas or next Birthday I’ll ask Hubby for a new bathing suit (after all it has been since 2004, I did get one at target in 2007 but it doesn’t fit well and is in practice less modest than the green one).
Last year was the first year for the remodeled aqua center here in our local little town. I did not brave the pool alone with both boys last year, but we’ve been twice this year. I decided to get a family membership after our first visit. The children’s shallow area is really big; there is a zero entry area and a AMAZING water slide for the littles’ (that parents can go on with them too). The slide falls into one foot of water and has a pad under it. Both boys can do the slide and keep their head out of the water, if they choose, but both feel comfortable enough to ‘go under’ at the bottom and pop right up without fear. Little has to go for the first time on my lap, but after that he is off like a shot. Both boys love the slide, but especially Little Brother. Little Brother is the Energizer Bunny down the slide, over, up the steps, down the slide, repeat, repeat, repeat, practically non-stop.
Yes my boys wear swim shirts and the longest trunks I can find them. Not just for sun protections either, the boy’s bodies are no more for public display than mine or any girls’ is. I desire for my boys to take care of, respect and protect their body just as I would want a daughter to. They are there to play and have fun, not to have to worry about their bodies or their clothing.
I plan to get to the pool at least once a week and would be happy to make it 2 or three times. Big Brother has gotten to play with kids he knew from classroom and Little Brother has gotten to interact and play too. Both really enjoy it, and the set of the pool allows for me to play and enjoy too, not just chase kids and battle wills all the visit.
Photos all thanks to Auntie Roo. THANKS