A Jack R/L Production
It's been a good day so far. You've spent the morning with your two college-age sons who are working with you, then had lunch with them, before you headed home to do some paperwork, while they headed back to work.
When you arrived home, you parked, and were walking from the garage towards the back door, when you heard splashes from the backyard and the sound of boyish laughter.
While your Labradors, Lady and Prince, sometimes enjoy playing in the pool,
and sometimes your ducks, or even Rocky - your Maine Coon Cat (and Lord of the Manor) enjoy the pool,
as far as you remember, none of them laugh in a boyish tenor. Since no one is supposed to be home, you're just a bit curious about that. You remember what curiosity did to the cat, but you just can't resist, so you redirect your path from the back door to the backyard gate.
Stepping into the back yard, the first thing you see are four bikes, then four stacks of clothes, and then, along with the Labs (and a freshly shaved English sheepdog) that you expected, you also see
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While you consider Jerry one of 'your kids', and all the kids are regular and welcome guests, you're pretty sure you never gave them permission to make free of your property at their convenience. What really bothers you is that you require either someone out of the pool, or someone who's passed the YMCA or Red Cross swim safety and CPR classes, which you know none of them have.
The boys rapidly quiet down when they see you. Even the dogs know something is wrong, and climb out of the water to apologize.
No, the boys admit, they no one invited them over or gave them permission, but they weren't hurting anything, and they didn't think you'd mind. At least, that's what they claim, until you point out that they were breaking one of your main rules (and they weren't staying in the shallow end).
The honest truth is that Jerry and Hunter are both strong swimmers, all of them can swim, and Jerry is taking the class. He's also fairly mature, so you would have trusted him to supervise the younger kids in this small a group... IF they'd asked permission. While you love Jerry and like his brothers, you also don't want to set a bad precedent.
You've had Hunter over your lap before, with permission of his father, and you've had a kind of off-handed, generic, kind of permission to deal with the rest of them. Still, this situation is unusual enough that you call their dad, just to be sure you're not missing anything.
Dad is not happy with them when he hears about this. He clarifies that you have his full permission and support do deal with them 'however you think is best.'
So, what's best?
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