I had been struggling with this theme (busy weekend, not enough sleep, lacking in inspiration!). We, thankfully, haven’t experienced the devastation that water can bring over the last month, like so many have. We don’t live that close to the sea. We haven’t even had much rain.
But then the wee girl and I went to her swim class yesterday. As I watched her squeal in excitement and attempt to launch herself into the pool unaided, I thought about all the fun we have with water.
I really enjoyed swimming with the wee girl yesterday, I barely need to hold her up anymore – with her bubble (a rather strange flotation device that is a requirement at our YMCA…) she bobbed around quite happily.
Every few minutes the request to kick legs came and she’d flip herself onto her back and kick her little legs for all she worth! Anyone near us got a soaking!
If it wasn’t kicking, it was jumping (irrespective of what we were actually supposed to be doing!). One, doo, dee, JUMP! rang out over the pool as she launched herself in, fearless, completely confident, going right under the water and coming up grinning. At not quite 22 months, she is showing signs of swimming independently, and she certainly has no fear of the water.
We splashed and played with toys, we sang songs and splashed some more. We practiced reaching, kicking and jumping. We blew bubbles and did some more splashing :) I just love to watch her enjoy the water so much, and I am very proud of her progress.
The boys didn’t have swimming lessons until they were three. Before then they went to the pool sporadically and it took both of them a little while to gain confidence. The difference I see in the wee girl’s confidence in the water is astonishing, but shouldn’t really surprise me – we’ve been going every week since she was six months old. Having said that, the boys can now both swim independently, and the 7yo is doing really well. In fact, his stroke technique will soon be better than mine!
It goes without saying that learning to swim is an essential life skill. But, it’s also so much fun. When I look back over the last year, having fun in the water is a recurring memory. Moving to a place where it was actually hot over the summer, the kids spent a lot of time in the water :) We have swum in a lake, we’ve been on lots of theme park water rides, we’ve played with hoses and water tables and water squirters, we’ve jumped in puddles and played in the tuff spot!
Water is powerful, necessary, scary, beautiful, calming, peaceful and fierce. It deserves respect.
But, how much fun you can have!
Do you take your kids swimming? Do you enjoy spending time in the water?