I would never have my own pool – not living in Austin where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a nice, inexpensive or free, publicly maintained and lifeguarded pool. But I love the little above ground pool in my mom’s back yard. The kids are all tall enough to stand with their heads above water now, which is nice, and it offers one of the features that I like best about a private pool – night swimming. Though I haven’t taken advantage of it much this trip (I crashed last night at about 7 o’clock, I think.), there is something especially fun about sliding into the water at night, seeing the moon reflected in the water, the water holding you up while the dark sky and stars cover you. Maybe next time.