Swimming Pool Envy

Ex. 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

I can handle most of this commandment pretty well, especially if I interpret it really narrowly, like a Pharisee would.  After all, his house is designed almost exactly like mine,  and he, like me, is lacking in servants and livestock. 

But I do envy the nearly perfect blueness and sparkling cleanliness of his pool.  It is perfect, all the time.  Meanwhile, my pool sits under locust trees, and so it gets a steady deposit of leaves into it.  Honeybees and wasps seem to mistake my pool for a big flower, and they decide to come in and drown in it.  Also, my pool gets a lot more use, and that adds to the maintenance needs.  So I have to struggle just to keep it clearer and bluer than the beaches at the Peninsula.  


5 thoughts on “Swimming Pool Envy

  1. Seth,

    If you lower your standards enough, you are never disappointed. 🙂

    I was thinking instead of using all the environmentally unfriendly and expensive pool chemicals, we would just put a half dozen Plecostomusin the pool to clean up the bottom. We could put them in when they were 6 inches long, and at the end of the summer we could sell them back to the pet store.

    It would be a “green” approach to pool care.

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