Let me explain...
On Memorial Day Weekend, we had gobs of family time. It was wonderful and fabulous and terrific and heaps of fun. We ended up taking the kids fishing, and in MinneSOOOOta, anytime the temperature is above 32 degrees and the sun is shining and there isn't ice on the lakes, we swim.
Even if it means we swim in our jeans.
However, lemme tell you about an irrational fear of mine....Muskies. As in, "Muskelunges" (<----- I have no idea who those dudes are that I just linked, but there are some SERIOUSLY freaky photos over there. My phobia has been taken to a new level. Help.). Fish. Huge. Child-sized huge. With sharp teeth.
Okay, all you oceanside dwellers can stop laughing at me. There have been attacks by Muskies. ATTACKS! (Not life threatening, no...but still.) As in, FISH TRYING TO EAT HUMANS. You think this stuff happens only in the ocean? OH NO IT DOESN'T!
So, when my children began to do this:
With their stringy hair just dangling in the water...
My blood pressure rose.
My palms got sweaty.
I started having palpitations and saying "Hail Mary"s and wringing my hands and pacing the dock.
All the whilst searching the water for dorsal fins (c'mon! All fish have 'em!). I just kept imagining a big ol' nasty fish under that dock just waiting to taste one of my kiddos.
It was nearly too much for me to handle. So I told them to get their life jackets on. Don't ask why. It was all I could do at the time.
***Disclaimer. Life jackets will not prevent attacks from muskelunges. It simply sounded like a good idea at the time. End disclaimer.***