I eventually got around to working out after Sweet Pea rose from her afternoon nap, when we went to the gym. Sweet Pea stayed at Kids Korner (they spell it with a “K,” trust me I know how to spell “Corner” correctly) while I swam laps in the outdoor pool. I was kind of excited because they had just re-opened the pool, after a closure of over a week for renovations. I thought it was going to have glass tile or something equally aesthetically pleasing, but no, it was just a re-grouting and re-tiling project which did nothing for the appearance. Not that it ever looked bad. I just assumed that if they were closing for that long, it had to be for beautification purposes. I managed to enjoy my swim despite staring at what appeared to be the same cement pool floor, as the sun was out and I had a whole lane to myself. When I drop Sweet Pea in gym babysitting and swim, I normally spend my entire workout half expecting to see one of the babysitters out of the corner of my eye, holding her, writhing, screaming, and red-faced on the pool’s edge. But today I wasn’t worried about that, mainly because the Kids Korner lady greeted me with a smile, eye contact, and a comment about how cute Sweet Pea was. It doesn’t take much to win my trust, really.
Speaking of kids and strangers, trust, etc. Please keep Jessica Ridgeway in your thoughts, hearts, prayers, wherever you would hold a wish that this missing ten year old girl comes back to her parents. She was last seen in Westminster, CO (about ten miles from Boulder) on Friday morning.
Apparently, she was walking a short distance from her home to meet friends at a local park, where they normally meet and then walk to the bus stop together, but the friends said she never met them. I overheard some ladies in the pool today talking about this situation and one lady made what sounded to me like a half joking comment about putting GPS trackers inside of her kids’ bodies. I pondered it for a bit, knowing that even if it were possible, Dan would never approve (he’s read a LOT of science fiction). Dan’s thoughts notwithstanding, I thought a bit about this idea but I have not come to a conclusion.
Would you put a GPS device in your child if you could? Would it be too Hunger Games-y? Would it interfere with kids being kids, playing and exploring? (Which if you are into that, check out this awesome website). Would it let you relax knowing it would lessen the risk of a stranger abduction? Or would you become paralyzed by the need to be constantly checking in with the device to know what your kid was up to (which is the reason I thought I wouldn’t want a video baby monitor)?