Sunday, September 17, 2006

Quote of the Month

"It draws people's attention from the pool. You kind of take a double take, triple take, then you sink to the bottom of the pool."

-Kerry Urbanowicz, Parks Director for the City of Kyle*, explaining why poolside breastfeeding constitutes a safety hazard, necessitating the expulsion of Michelle Hickey, nursing mother and neonatal intensive care nurse.

*For those of you round here who thought it was just the prudish folks up in Round Rock who fainted at the sight of a nursing mother.

6 Comments:

Anonymous entropy said...

That's outrageous. It's sad that something so natural and perfect isn't accepted and encouraged.
I'm sure they kick out all those gorgeous girls in bikinis with everything hanging out too.

11:36 AM  
Blogger MrsDarwin said...

As a resident of the city of Round Rock, I attest that I have never been kicked out of a city pool for nursing. Of course, I've actually never been to a city pool.

I doubt that breastfeeding is so very uncommon these days that people popping their heads out of the pool are so shocked, SHOCKED, that they go limp and drown. One hates to use the phrase "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard," because there are a lot of stupid things out there, but this qualifies as an honorable mention.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Darwin said...

Hey now, I see nursing mothers every day up here in the wilds of suburban Round Rock and have set to sink to the bottom of anything, much less a public pool... ;-)

Though in reference to entropy's comment, perhaps the shock (in an environment which tends to showcase bosums anyway) resulted from the unfortunate sinker suddenly realizing: "What a minute. That's what those are for..."

9:17 PM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

Now it's not that I have anything against Round Rock (that any normal person doesn't have against Round Rock); it's just that y'all had a few incidents up there if I recall. The 620 Cafe, and the Dell Diamond, are still of recent memory.

It was quite amusing to watch the Diamond folks falling on their swords, actually, when the whole thing hit the media. That was a degree of repentance and breastbeating you don't often see.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Darwin said...

Heh. Comes of never following local news. I didn't even know there was an institution called the 620 cafe, though I had heard of the Dell Diamond... (How people managed to drown while breastfeeding there I'm less clear.)

I figured that the advantage to living somewhere like Round Rock is that there isn't any local news to track -- unlike places intent on keeping themselves weird.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow -- what a wonderful quote. Those poor folks in Kyle just aren't ready for all the folks moving to their town. Aren't they the ones who failed to update their municipal maps -- the maps that the fire, police and paramedic services rely on to respond to 911 calls? They just didn't realize that those ol' maps were so important!

5:08 PM  

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