Why men can’t float and women can – boobs


My husband floating in the poolAfter a short hiatus, but desperately needed rest, I have returned to my blog. Our summer has not been without fun, particularly since many of the conversations between the husband and I have centred on nudity and sex. Basically this is what happens when you are living the ‘empty nest’.  If you have read my blog on a regular basis, you would know the eldest moved out a couple of years ago, middle child is off on the other side of the world, and well the youngest did not come home this summer, since he was hired on by his university for summer employment. Thus hubby and I were left on our own to amuse ourselves.

When we decided to no longer sell our house, we had already packed up quite a bit of it, and to be honest we have yet to unpack the basement. The basement is a disaster, hubby’s man cave has boxes piled up to the ceiling in some places, and in others, well there are smaller piles of boxes. By not moving, I was able to swing a new washing machine out of the deal, plus a completely redesigned laundry room.

The other major investment was to have a salt-water pool installed for me to stay in the city. Sadly it is not an inground pool, since we would have had to have a retaining wall built at the back of the yard, adding far too many thousands of dollars to the final bill. Instead we chose a really nice above-ground, and hubby is slowly building a new back fence and deck for it. In the meantime, I have daily topless swims since there are no kids at home to yell at mom to cover up!

With all the swimming that hubby and I have been enjoying, we have also found that he still cannot float, even with the added buoyancy of salt water. This baffled me, so I took a family poll, and apparently the young man cannot float either! Middle child quickly responded stating “well mom maybe it is because we have boobs?” This of course was my husband’s argument from the start.  “Women can float because we have boobs” has now led to numerous ridiculous arguments in our family.

Can you float?

10 Replies to “Why men can’t float and women can – boobs”

  1. The pool sounds fun, and so is the conversation. We go in an out of Empty Nest, with both kids teaching for a year in Mongolia, then both coming home for a year to work/go to school. Now one off to grad school, and the other saving at least a thousand dollars a month on rent while going to art school. Now he is off on a trip during break, and we are back to Empty Nest, but maybe it doesn’t count if it’s only for a week. Actually, I’m not sure when I realized that our house is not an empty nest, as long as Thom and I are still living in it; life continues, and there are many grownup type advantages, such as you mentioned. It’s just different.

    1. It is definitely very different. Our son (24) is back home after finishing university and like his sister, he too is now considering teaching ESL overseas. Such a wonderful experience for yours in Mongolia! Your life sounds very similar to ours.

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  3. You must be thrilled with your pool. I could do with one here but alas, not enough space. we have a children’s paddling pool instead. Not nearly deep enough to float in but great for cooling off. Guess I’ll have to wait to find out whether Mr Nev can float or not 🙂

  4. It’s all about anatomy ….. Men have a higher percentage of more dense muscle than women + women have a higher percentage of less dense fat than men = females float easier than males

    1. A valid point Frank, the husband’s legs are very muscular, heavy, from all his walking everyday up and down the escarpment to and from work. His legs refuse to float. I do think my daughter has a valid point also.

      Can you float Frank?

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