My favorite thing about going over to my grandparents house has always been getting to go in their hot tub. They have had a hot tub on their back deck for as long as I can remember. They both have arthritis and aches and pains in their bodies so they love to soak in the hot water. My grandparents had their hot tub installed in order to be able to relax. When my sister and I visited them when we were kids, the spa became anything but relaxing. We would get in and splash and play and try to pretend to drown each other. We might get a few dirty looks from any grown ups that were around, but for the most part they let us treat the hot tub like a playground. As I got older I started to realize more of the benefits of having time to relax. I don’t get to go over to my grandparents house very much anymore since I moved to a different state. Often I long for the time that I was over there every weekend. Back then I thought a hot tub was for fun and games. Now that I have a busy adult life, I wish I would have been able to appreciate how great it was to just soak in a tub. I live in a small apartment on an upper floor now so I couldn’t even get a hot tub if I wanted to. Every chance that I get to go visit them is a particular joy now. Even if it’s freezing cold outside and christmas time when I visit, I still insist that we all get into our bathing suits and go for a soak in the hot tub. Sometimes I’ll get some protests that it’s too much trouble but I never give in.