My niece is here this summer and she is taking care of my two treasures so that my husband and I can go to work and be productive contributing members of society without the stress and strain of worrying about the kids and what they are doing and who they are with and whether or not the door of the after school program van is going to fall off and kids will roll out into the road. It is so much better to me to have someone you love and know well watch your kids as opposed to complete strangers but I know that not everyone has that available to them.
For those of you that know me, you know that my father drowned on a family vacation when I was a small child. I spent my entire childhood hearing how strong of a swimmer my father was and how much he loved fishing and how he grew up swimming and fishing and how shocking it was that he drowned and how there had to be fowl play at work because a strong swimmer doesn't just drown.
Now that I'm an adult I know that anyone can drown at any time. You can get overtired and drown. You can get a cramp and drown. You can swallow too much water and drown. Something bad happened and he drowned and there was nothing anyone could do to save him.
Fast forward to my kids heading to the pool without me. I know that they are just as safe there without me as they are with me - more than half the time they are off swimming while I am doing laps. There are lifeguards. There are friends. There is the niece/nanny. They are strong swimmers. But until I know they are safe back home and having lunch, I will be a bundle of nerves. A massive bundle of nerves.