Mom: “You have 5 more minutes to swim, then we need to go. It’s time for dinner.”
Children (whining) “But we’ve only been here 3 hours and 45 minutes and you said we could swim until 6:30”
Mom: (stomach rumbling, magazines read, lists made, thirsty, tired and bored) “You can come now, or you’ll be locked out of the room.”
Children: (stalling) “Can we swim again tomorrow, and this time until 6:30?”
Mom: (walks away, down the hall and ready to go up to the room without stalling children who are still swimming and won’t get out of the pool)
Children: (see mom is serious…get their butts out of the water, quickly gather pool toys and run to meet mom before the elevator door closes)
This dialogue continued on 5 out of 5 days. The kids could not get enough of the pool. When I asked them about their favorite part of the week, their reply was of course, “Swimming”.