Monday 2 June 2008: Not a life preserver
Me: "Do you sell armbands?"
Swimming pool attendant: "Yes."
"Could I have a pair for her? She's one and a half."
"OK. We recommend the ones for two years and up, because they have double bands."
"Well, if they fit I guess that's fine."
"Oh yes - they'll fit no problem."
I try to get one of Bella's arms through the armband designed for 2-8 year olds to find that her hand barely reaches through to the other side and there's absolutely no chance of her bending her elbow. She looks like a strange orange-winged bird I vaguely remember reading about in The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.
"Excuse me, these don't fit. Do you have a smaller size?"
"There are some for 0-2 year olds, but we do recommend the 2 years and up ones." Asks swimming instructor: "We do recommend the 2 years and up, don't we?"
Swimming instructor: "How old is she?"
"One and a half."
"No - she needs the wee ones."