The Free Pool – A True Story And A Cautionary Tale.


The Free Pool – A True Story And A Cautionary Tale.

This true tale was brought to mind by a photo I saw in Charles Buell’s recent blog: Summer time—time to jump in the Pool!

His pool shot (photo) reminded me of a local incident.

Married friends of mine had kids and bought a house in a near by commuter city. The price was right, etc, etc.

Come spring they discovered a 15′ deflated pool in the tall grass of the back yard. My friend , a fairly handy guy took weeks of spare time checking it out, reassembling it and making sure all the equipment was present and working. (This had been an above ground pool.)

On the Saturday that it was all ready to go, they started filling. And just in time as it was approaching the end of June and it was getting hot.

But it was slow going. They only had the one garden hose to fill it.

By noon it was only 2/3rds full so they gathered up their kids (2) and 6 of their friends who had been playing in the yard waiting for the pool to be ready and took them off to MacDonald’s for lunch and left the pool slowly filling.

There certainly was no danger of it over flowing and they took their time with the kids to keep them entertained.

Then they went back home to see how close it was to full.


It was gone! They couldn’t see it as they drove up the street!

They got there. Parts were strewn all over the yard. The children’s toy were washed up against the fence and house. The basement windows were smashed in and the basement was flooded.

The pool had burst. The kids , to say the least were dismayed.

The parents looked at each other.

They were both white as a sheet.

They were both professional ambulance drivers.

They knew how lucky they were (the children were not in that yard when the pool burst).

They didn’t open the van doors. They just drove the visiting children home, brought their kids to her mothers, before coming back to start the clean up.



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