summer is finally here and in a big (HOT) way, but you won’t hear me complaining! i love hot weather and sunscreened kids. it’s truly my very happiest time of year.
i grew up in a small town and in the country where no one really swam much in the summers unless you had your own personal pool. neighborhoods didn’t have public pools and there was no sports club or anything close to my house. in short, we didn’t get a lot of practice swimming, though i loved to do it when i had the chance. because of that, i never really learned how to swim—-sure, i can swim to stay alive (aka: doggy paddle) and can swim under water (i’m not afraid or anything), but ask me to swim across a lake or against ocean waves, and i wouldn’t be able to do it.
it’s something i regret learning to do. and something i think is really important for my kids to learn—-how to be confident swimmers.
thankfully, we had a neighborhood pool at our old house and i took them a couple of times a week in the past summers. and fortunately, neither Brother or Sister were ever afraid of the water and loved using floaties, jumping off the side of the pool, etc right off the bat.
this summer, we have been living in our neighbor’s beautiful pool (thank you, God, for knowing the exact perfect house for us!!!) and the kids have, on their own accounts, decided they are going to learn how to really swim——no floaties, underwater, coming up for breaths, and all.
i’m amazed at how well they are progressing every day and so proud of how hard they are working to accomplish this goal.