Friday, June 26, 2009

Essay: My boy on rules

Image: My guy loves signs and rules. He follows both, but is prone to make up his own rules!

My neighbor set up a pool and handed out a set of rules (yay) with an invitation. My boy with autism thrives on rules and for the most part follows them. Sometimes, though, he decides to make up his own rules. He's been hard at work typing up his own set for the pool. He even printed a copy out and "lamented it" with packing tape.

Some of the rules are reflective of the rules you see at most public swimming pools. However, C! did try to add in a few of his very own, such as "no pets in swimming area." I had to veto that one. The neighbors have a chocolate lab that stays in the fenced in area where the pool is at. My guy is scared of big dogs, but he'll have to deal with that if he want to swim. Anyway here are his rules, misspellings and all:

POOL RULES
1 NO DIVING OR JUMPING ALLOWED IN POOL
2 NO GLASS IN POOL
3 NO FOOD OR DRINKS IN POOL
4 NO FIGTING IN POOL
5 NO KEEP WATTER TO YOUR SELF AND KEEP WATTER IN POOL
6 NO GUNS IN POOL AREA OR POOL (water pistols)
7 NO HITING IN POOL
8 DO NOT TIP LADER IN OR OUT OF POOL
9 POOL CAPACITY 10 PEPPLE IN POOL
10 1 AT A TIME ON POOL LADER
11 WATCH CILDREN AT ALL TIMES AROUND POOL
12 LIFEGARD ON DUTY
31 OPEN ON 5 DAYS CLOSED ON WEEKENDS

My thoughts: The pool is "open" five afternoons a week, Monday thru Friday and both guys expect to go down there for all available "open" hours. That's 20 hours for a week--which is way too long to spend at the neighbor's place, especially since I need to help supervise. I think I need to add in a few rules of my own!!

We are in the midst of a two-week swimming lesson session at the university pool in the morning, so I'm getting my fair share of pool exposure. I need to find time to clean the house!! I could get a university swim pass to help with the neighbor situation, but then a whole new set of problems would arise. Argh. I need to set up a schedule along with some rules.

3 comments:

Casdok said...

Great rules!!

Stephanie said...

Yes, C1 thought of some very detailed rules. Good for him! But if your fair boys spend 20 hours a week at the pool, they'll be lobsters. :-)

mommy~dearest said...

Those are great. Love the no guns in pool one. ;)