• Lauren A. Merritt, P.A.

My Husband's Big Fail at Big Kahuna's.

“Lolo, you should write a blog about this!” chuckled a giddy Bailie two Saturdays ago.


The kids have jumped on the Blog Bandwagon, and now they like to contribute topic ideas.

On this particular occasion, Matt and I had taken the girls to Big Kahuna's Water Park. It was the last weekend of the season that the park was open, and the weather was gorgeous!

With limited admittance due to COVID-19 restrictions and I think some uncertainty as to whether the park re-opened after Hurricane Sally, there was virtually “no line, no wait” for every slide.

We had just finished our second slide… a yellow inner-tube ride that keeps you on the edge of your float with its quick twists and turns.

We had not been in the park for more than 20 minutes.

Matt’s face did the talking before he spoke.

“Soooo, we have a problem….” He said, sheepishly.

“Huh?”

“I can’t find my wallet.”

“You brought your WALLET on the slides!?” I exclaimed.

Oh my word. The first thought that came to mind was not appropriate for that audience OR this one!

You see…. 20 minutes prior, we’d just had a discussion about whether sunglasses should be left in the locker.

A wise person once asked me:

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?”

Having decided to be “happy” about the sunglasses, I left mine in the locker, and we went on our merry way.

It did not even dawn on me that my husband would keep his wallet in his pocket on the day we’d be shooting down water slides and plunging into pools!

Given the conscious opportunity, I think I would have chosen to be right on that one!

Sure enough:

Slides: 1

Matthew: 0

The wallet was gone.

We retraced our steps to both slides we’d been down so far and talked to the lifeguards at each one.

We were like police investigators revisiting the scene of a crime and interviewing witnesses. The kids were getting a kick out of it.

“Oh dad! You’ve really done it this time!” laughed Ella.

The first slide dumped into a deep pool. No wallet.

The second slide was the yellow tube ride. We checked with the lifeguard at the bottom first.

No wallet.

Next, we headed for the lifeguard at the top.

As we climbed the stairs, my questions were flying:

“Where’s the lost and found?”

“How much cash did you have?”

“Which credit cards do we need to cancel?”

At the top, no wallet.

The second time on the yellow tube ride was slightly less exhilarating the than the first.

I rode down first with Reagan.

But THEN…. At the bottom… the lifeguard proudly told us that...


The lifeguard at slide #1 found the wallet at the bottom of the pool!

What a relief!

I was so happy we found the wallet, I didn’t even give Matt anymore grief.

We had a wonderful time at the park, and everyone’s wallets… and sunglasses!... made it home safe.

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Lauren A. Merritt, P.A.

111 S. De Villiers Street, Ste. B

Pensacola, FL 32502

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