I think I figured out how people choose tattoos. Some request an intracit piece of artwork, a name or even a symbol because it has meaning. It represents a moment in time, reminds them of a lost loved one or offers inspiration. Done right, a tattoo can truly be a piece of art. Others walk into a tattoo shop and say, “I’m going to a waterpark next week and I need the ugliest tattoo you got.” There is an unwritten rule that these tattoos cannot be hidden. It must be inked on a breast or in the middle of a hairy back. I saw a few dozen of these tattoos Sunday afternoon. I took my children to an indoor waterpark. These are the sacrifices we as parents make on a regular basis. Our children won’t fully understand until they become parents themselves. As a child I loved waterparks. As an adult I feel like I am taking a bath with strangers in luke warm water. Discarded band aids follow me wherever I go. But I push through because my children enjoy it and I live to make them happy. They ran around with their friends laughing and splashing. They went down the slides over and over again. I embraced the moment. At one point I smiled and thought ‘What a great day!’ I was feeling hashtag blessed. Then, all hell broke loose. A panicked lifeguard began ordering children out of the water. It was like a scene out of Caddyshack. The sprinklers were shut off. Then, this came out:
The manager wasnt catching butterflies. Someone either dropped a deuce or vomited in the water. It was difficult to tell and in my opinion this net wasn’t an effective cleaning tool. A worker informed me that they would put chlorine in the water and the kids could continue playing in one hour. I have suffered through episodes of Caillou, a cartoon about a whiny child with unexplained baldness. I have waited in line for hours in the scorching heat at amusement parks so my children could sit on a ride for three minutes. However, to quote the musician Meat Loaf “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that, no I won’t do that.” And with that we packed up and went home.