An Open Letter to Area Pools


It was a hot day. One of those days where just walking from the house to the car makes you question why in the world you chose to locate your family in the armpit of Satan. With sweat brewing on the brow and a thick haze of heat flowing into your lungs, you quickly think – – I’m either retreating inside our house for the foreseeable future, or, with the rest of humanity, I must get thee to a pool. 

Now, being in Memphis, this scene is something to expect in say… July. However, it was not in fact officially summer around these parts when I questioned my existence thanks to a heatwave. 

It was May. 

Early May. 

Fun fact – did you know that most area pools and splash pads open after Memorial Day? On that fateful mid-90’s day, as I searched for a pool, desperate for relief and refuge, I realized that both our community center pool and the splash pad at the Children’s Museum (our two “usual spots”) were not to open for two more weeks. 

So, on behalf of moms across Memphis – moms desperate for a cool spot for the kids, for a little fun in the sun, I ask area pools this… 

Could we negotiate? Reconsider the policy? How about May 1st? I would even take May 15th. Help us out a little! 

Sincerely signed, 

A mom on the verge of a heat stroke.

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A native Memphian who did a 5-year stint in Knoxville for undergrad+grad school, Kathryn loves Memphis. Being a Memphian by birth and by choice, she takes any opportunity she can to share her favorite spots with anyone who will listen. Kathryn is married to her high school sweetheart, a fellow VOLS grad who now works at a local hospital, and mom to Ruthie, born January 2015, Kate, born August 2018, and their encore baby Eliza, born July 2020. After being team #midtownismemphis for (almost) her whole life, Kathryn traded in bungalows and original hardwood for closet space and access to Target. She's adjusting to being an East Memphis mom, but luckily still makes it to all her favorite Midtown spots. Being a mom is the hardest but best thing she's ever done.