Growing up in Roseville, California, we had a pool in our backyard.
Countless hours each summer were spent splashing and playing in the clear water.
I had the freedom to dive in the water headfirst, to swim as long as I wanted. To bask in the sun and soak up those harmful rays with my eyes closed, not a care in the world.
Fast forward many years and it’s all different now.
I live in a different state, with my own kids, and no pool right in my backyard.
Instead, we head to the local public pool once a week.
Where lots of other families (and field trips full of kids) go to beat the heat.
As I sit in the little pool with my baby, carefully watching her as the other kids crash into each other, I reflect back on my childhood and the summers spent in the pool.
While I love seeing Hayley conquer her fear of the diving board and Layla pretend to float on her back, a piece of me misses that freedom to just swim.
Maybe one day I’ll have it again.
Until then, I think I’ll just keep sipping on this Chocolate Raspberry Sparkler.