I intentionally relate with my son in a way I can't quite seem to figure out while at the dinner table, bedtime, walk, playground... you name it. It's the perfect mix of a fear for his safety and the impossibility of bringing my digital addictions into the water.
In 2008, the City of Paris offered a 54-year lease to a company that planned to renovate and operate the pool. After years of work, this May the majestic structure finally re-opened and the renovation is quite spectacular.
In this summer of sweltering heat, with oil companies reaping windfall profits and Republican politicians fighting to protect the riches of billionaires, we cannot seem to find enough resources to keep the pools open for our kids.
The Valley Club swimming incident reminds us of the Philly we grew up with and still know; that plain-spoken, steely segregated union town where the racial and economic demographics are very clear cut.