I played it cool, though, like it was no big thing, and after a brief conversation, I jumped in the pool.
Was it my I imagination or did her fingers fly to her iPhone the minute I turned away? A few minutes later, the birthday girl sat down next to her. They whispered for a minute, then our cheeky neighbor called out to me. "Hey, Ms..." she paused because that's not what she calls me.
"Tracey?" I suggested.
"Nuha and Esinam say, 'Hi!'," she finished, naming two other girls who were not present.
""Tell them I hope they're having a good summer," I said, and I flashed a big smile and waved before I swam off to play with the girls, because I'm pretty sure there were pictures, if not video, to go with that text.