Sweet Memories of Backyard Pools  

by Pool Builders on 06-28-2011 in Articles

Thanks to the sun heating up and the rain letting up for a bit, my mind has begun to wander back to the carefree times of my childhood when all I needed to cool off was kindly ask my parents to inflate a backyard pool for me and then let me have access to the wondrously magical hose that connected to our house. It got me thinking a bit about some of the things that I used to do back then, and what I wish I could do now.

See, when I was a kid, summer really was the best time of year, even more so than Christmas. The reason for this was an abundance of neighborhood friends always willing to play, as well as school being out of session for three whole months. I could have done without the heat, but it was worth the trouble to have an excuse to pull out an inflatable pool or two and set it up in the backyard.

Probably one of the most fantastic advancements of my backyard pool-goings was when I realized I could bring the sprinkler over and increase the water fun by roughly 1000%, according to my scientific kid rationale. By either setting it next to the pool or letting it float in the middle, heat suddenly felt like a moot point.

With those things in place, I was ready to start creating adventures in my confined little world. Being shipwrecked was a popular plotline to reenact, especially if I had a floating platform to play off of, but acting as a sea creature, perhaps a merman or a turtle, was equally as fun. I didn't need anything too elaborate at the time, nor do I really need anything now, to just enjoy splish-splashing around without a care in the world.

It all makes me want to find a good pool for myself, away from the prying and judgmental eyes of the adult world. To make matters worse, it's tough to set up a swimming pool in the living room of a one-bedroom apartment. Perhaps what I need to do is finally have a child, then head over to my parent's place where they have a backyard just waiting to have a pool set up.

As of now, all I really want is a simple, safe inflatable pool for my eventual kids to play on, maybe something with a slide. I might be too big to play along, but I'll at least get a chance to play lifeguard and that's nearly as good sometimes.

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