With public schools being back in session, our community pool has cleared right out. Now when we go we usually have it all to ourselves (sometimes there's another person or two using it). Today was mostly an all-to-ourselves day!
Now, ordinarily, having lots of friends to play with at the pool might be fun, but these aren't ordinary times, so we're glad for the space to splash and play at our leisure without worrying about social distancing. We did, however, find one friend at the pool today who we're fairly sure was safe. I mean, its skin may release toxic skin secretions, but that's mostly only a problem if you don't wash your hands before you pick your nose...and we were at the pool where there was plenty of water.
Yes, Benjamin found a Cope's grey treefrog clinging to the side of the pool.
Actually, Miriam found it, screamed (because "the deck looked like it was moving!"), and Benjamin adopted it—in a rather Elmyra way—to be his friend.
He played with that poor frog the whole time we were at the pool. They swam together, they judged diving competitions, they made the girls scream, they pretended they were the lifeguard (there's no lifeguard now that school has started). Benjamin even put it on a kick board and pushed it around the pool, pretending it was on a boat.
Here they are judging today's diving competition:
Benjamin made Miriam babysit the frog whenever he wanted a turn going off the diving board.