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    A Small Fish In An Even Smaller Pond

    | New York, USA |

    (At the pool where I work, we usually give swim tests to young children who want to go swimming in the deep section without a parent.)

    Mother: “Can my son take the swim test?”

    Me: “Sure, how old is he?”

    Mother: “He’s three, but he’s a very good swimmer! He doesn’t even use waterwings in our pool!”

    Me: “Alright let’s see you jump in! Swim to the other side and come back.”

    (The boy jumps in and starts swimming, badly.)

    Mother: “You’re doing great, sweetie!”

    (The boy, still struggling, turns around, swims back to the ladder, and climbs up.)

    Mother: “So, he passed, right?!”

    Me: “No.”

    Mother: “What! Why? I can’t believe you won’t let my son swim out there!”

    Me: “Well, your son clearly is not a strong swimmer and I feel it’s not safe to let him go.”

    Mother: “No, my son is a great swimmer! He spends every summer swimming!”

    Me: “What kind of pool do you guys have?”

    Mother: “A kiddie pool.”