"You aren't swimming?" I ask of a dad as we walk into the pool house together. He used to swim with his daughter, a year younger than mine, each time they came to the pool. We were two of the parents that did join our child in the pool to play.
"I don't anymore as the pool is small and crowded with kids, " I said.
"I only have a Speedo."
"My wife says I can't wear it to the pool. Too...European."
We each disappear into the bathrooms - and I am thanking his wife. The man is very fit and just 46, but... I am not sure that a Speedo belongs at the pool - well, not with a majority of young girls swimming.
I don't have anything against Speedos. IN fact, I rarely see men wearing them, especially at community pools. I do find it interesting that women (and perhaps men) cringe at the idea of a man wearing a Speedo while no one minds too terribly much when a woman walks around in an ill fitting suit or one that is more skin than material.
A while back the Diva observed "That man is nude!"
"He is over there mowing the lawn."
Thus I had to explain that it is okay for men to walk around, even outside the pool or beach area, without a shirt.
"But women can't."
"No, we can't."
At the pool yesterday I considered the things that people were wearing. The men in their trunks, most quite long in length. The women wearing a variety of outfits. I wondered what truly would happen if I didn't wear a shirt out and about? Crazy, yes, but honestly, there is a part of me that wants to try. The women at the pool were wearing tops that left little to the imagination. It is a very thin line between what they were wearing and going without anything at all.
Maybe I will give it a go.