For years, my daughter has asked for a paddling pool. She felt like she was the only kid in the world who didn’t have one. And, to be honest, I think she was probably right.
My husband and the boys didn’t see why she needed one. And it would kill the grass anyway. Personally, I wouldn’t want to get in one – I’m a person who feels the cold and not a great lover of water. But I totally got why my daughter wanted one. Because she loves the water and swimming. She’s the one who will always get in an unheated outdoor pool while everyone else is wearing jumpers.
I’ve always tended to be the ‘sensible’ mum, the mum that says ‘no’. But was there any real reason to say no to a paddling pool? This year, I decided she was going to get one. Whatever my husband thought.
So if it was going to kill the grass, why not keep it on the patio? OK, so we had to move the table completely and it was a bit of a squeeze getting to the guinea pigs, but is that the end of the world?
She bought it with her own money, of course. And at the start of half-term, she stood on the patio and filled it up. It took an hour and 20 minutes. It wasn’t a warm day, but she got in it, she jumped around, she lay down, she splashed about. She was happy!
The paddling pool has brought her real joy. She is so happy when she’s in it. The rest of us may think she’s crazy or that it’s way too cold, but it doesn’t matter what we think. It is the right thing for her. Her friends have been round for a splash and so have her cousins. They have all had so much fun with it and that’s all that matters.
And my husband can see the joy it has brought to her too. Not once has he moaned about it blocking the patio. He loves seeing her happy. He has made himself chief fly and grass remover and dredges it most days, without moaning. He even briefly considered moving it onto the grass. But he soon had a word with himself and got over his temporary madness.
Sometimes you just have to follow your heart, even if it might seem a bit inconvenient. Getting a paddling pool was one of the best things we could have done for my daughter.