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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nothing like a Slush Puppie to wipe away a stressful day

Sunday I took the boys to Water Country, it was the last operation day of the season. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The sun was out and it was wonderfully hot out...perfect pool day!

We spent some time at H20 waiting for my sisters and their families to get there. After a few text messages back and forth I realized they weren't going to be there for awhile. So we decided to hang out at the Wave pool instead.

We had a great time jumping the waves, well they did anyway. My boys are little fish, they hate wearing the life vests they provide which is fine I don't mind. As long as they stay where they can touch they are great in the water.

My sister's finally showed up and we hung out for awhile more before heading to a different area of the park.
We ended up at Rock and Roll island. They have these 3 big tube water rides there. David had taken Landon down them last time we were there...he's my dare devil.
I'm not a water ride person so Landon headed up to the ride with Cousin Jack and Uncle Chris. I knew that he couldn't touch at the bottom so I headed over to where they would come out so I could catch Landon.
I went under the rope to where I needed to be, knowing last time the life guard had no problem with me standing there.
This time though, the snotty little blonde haired teen life guard looked at me and said "Maam you can't be over here".
I said "my son is coming down the ride and he came touch here so I have to catch him". She then informed me that he had to be 48inches to ride (which I didn't know being that they let him down before). I looked up at the top of the slide expecting to see Landon being sent back down because he is NOT 48 inches..in fact he's no where near it he's only just over 42.
Landon was NOT being sent back down, in fact he was past the height check and it was almost his turn. I turned to the girl and said "but he IS coming down, and he can't touch so I have to catch him". This girl looked at me and said "No Maam you cannot being in here, and he's if he's not 48inches he can't ride". OMG I wanted to slap this girl...she wasn't getting it! I said "But he IS coming down the ride, and if I can't catch him ARE YOU?" she then said with a major attitude "If I see him drowning I will". WTH I was shocked she just said that to me.

My heart was pounding, I was so scared my little boy was going to come down the slide and wonder why his Mommy was not there to catch him like she was last time he rode it.
I ignored the girl and stayed on the inside of the rope, but I backed up to shut her up. I kept a close watch on him at the top waiting for him to be sent down so I could book it to the slide...which was very far away from where the bitchy lifeguard was.

I had all these people around who heard everything telling me that my son was to small to ride....No shit people I heard that already...but the fact was that he was being let on the ride anyway...I felt like I was speaking a different language.

Finally my Nephew Jack came down, I yelled over and said "Is landon coming down"...Jack then said he was coming next. I looked at Jack and said "Stay right there and catch him". The life guard and few bystanders said "He can't stay there". I said very loudly "Well he's going to anyway".

I looked up and saw the next rider...but it looked like a large body..I was so confused. Finally they shot out the tube and I saw it was Chris and Landon together. I guess that's how they had fixed the height problem. But this was also against the rules..you are not allowed to ride together. So the life guard yelled to Chris and said "You are not allowed to ride with a child, AND he is to small to be on that ride". Ok she did not just yell at them!!!! I looked at her and yelled "Then you need to tell the employee up there that he is not doing his job. That is NOT our fault that is yours!"...Oh I was fuming.

We all got outa the pool just steaming. Neely and I spoke to her Manager about the incident. He explained the rules which we knew already. We were not arguing the rules, we were arguing that my child was put in harms way because lack of someone not doing their job and then I was being told that I couldn't protect my child. Not only that but this Bitch actually said in front of all these kids "I will if I see him drowning". I'm sorry you do not say that to a Mother.

The Manager apologized for the girls rudeness and the guy allowing Landon down the ride. There really was no reason for complaining to this man. It was the last day of operation, and an hour before closing. What were they going to do, fire her? No of course not. But what I hoped for was that it would piss her off. I hope she left that day pissed about getting "talked to" by her manager.

The kids spent the last hour riding rides (that they were tall enough for lol) and Neely and I hung out in the Kiddy pool with Rainer.

While heading out Neely and I retaliated by picking some of their pretty Hibiscus flowers. We wanted some pictures with them in our hair.

On the way home I stopped at a gas stationed in Williamsburg. I told the boys we could get a drink so we headed inside. Over by the freezers I saw a Slush Puppie machine!!! Ok for those that don't know what this is (shame on you) a Slush Puppie is similar to an Icee or Slurpee....YET totally different, actually they are more like the slushes at Sonic.

I think these weren't very popular in the South, more of a Northern thing. A good portion of my childhood was in NewYork and I grew up on Slush Puppies. They were everywhere, and so good!
David had no clue what they were....he was deprived as a kid. So I intruduced the boys to their first Slush Puppie, we got strawberry...so yummy! I'm just mad that this gas stationed is 30mins from me or I'd be getting one everyday.

So driving home with my ice cold refreshment was enough to wipe away my long day in the sun dealing with a bitchy lifegaurd who would have let my kid drowned.