I can't believe I finally did it... it was against my better judgement. I hope it doesn't end up hurting my ministry opportunities if word gets out.
A few days ago we went to the Kandern swimming pool. There was a big sign out front that said, "No Shorts" in German. I talked with the employee at the entrance about it and she said, "All German pools are going to this standard... even the ones in Loerrach. Only [Speedo-type] swimsuits are allowed." [Loerrach is the nearest big town] I later came to find out that this was totally wrong... but that's another story. She said it is for hygienic reasons... see if you can figure that one out!
Anyway, we went in with our American swimming trunks... and a little over an hour later Ryan was asked by the lifeguard to stay out of the pool. He said Ryan can't come back in until he gets the right type of swimming trunks.
Now I'm an easy-going, live-and-let-live sort of guy, but this is ridiculous. But I want my son to be able to swim in the local pool where all of his school friends will be swimming. So I did the only thing a loving dad would do... I went with him to buy some Speedo swimming trunks.
Now I can officially say I don't even have a shred of self-respect left. We feel like total dorks in these things; but at least we'll look like the rest of the dorks that are swimming in the pool there!
I really took one for the team this time!