Today, my bugz passed Salamander. It was their 4th session of swimming lessons, and I have enjoyed watching every single class.
They started out in January as nervous little girls. They liked the pool, but they didn’t like splashing or getting their faces wet. All winter and spring, they stayed in Sea Otter, learning the basics. I would watch them nervously- I couldn’t remember ever being nervous in the water, and it broke my heart to see them struggle even though they were unaware that they were in fact struggling.
Then summer arrived. With it came two choices: 5-day a week lessons (no thanks!) or twice-a-week. So, for the past 9 weeks, I have spent 35 minutes on Monday and Wednesday afternoons watching my girls move from timid little tadpoles to splashing, excited mermaids. They dip, spin, and dive in the water. They glide under the surface, kicking and paddling, only coming up for air.
Their eyes are red-rimmed from the chlorine, and their teacher has to drag them out of the pool. They ask when the next class is. They hobble around the deck of the pool (and parking lot…and our house!) with their ankles crossed: mermaid tails. They dive into water that is chest- and chin-deep without fear. They ask to wear life jackets so that they can pleeeeeease go in the deep water???
My timid little tadpoles who were afraid of the splash park are now adventurous little Sun Fish. I am so very proud of them
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