My six year old daughter loves to play in the pool. She loves to splash, climb up the slide and go down. She loves jumping off the side into my or my husband’s arms. And, up until about a week ago, she did these with the aid of one floatation device or another. At first (when she was really small) it was a tube where she could put her legs through the holes like she was in a little seat. As soon as she was big enough, we got her into a life jacket. As she got older, we got her one of those neat little swimsuits with the floatation device built in, called a vest. We got that in Florida and got it in a few different sizes. That was a fun little thing, until she started to outgrow it and it was time to move on to water wings. That was what she used up until about a week ago. Water wings were cool because she could go out in the deep end (with me less than a foot away at all times of course) and dangle her feet and the bottom of the pool was way down below. Pretty cool for a kid who can’t swim yet.
Last Wednesday we started swimming lessons and there wasn’t a floatation device in sight. Now, this kid doesn’t like getting her face wet when you wash her hair and demands a towel to dry her face as soon as she can. So, the idea of putting her face in the water and blowing bubbles (the very first thing she learned how to do on Wednesday) was kind of scary. But she was a trooper. Her teachers got to do things with her that she never allowed me or her Daddy. She blew bubbles, floated on her back and tummy and just recently, learned to dunk. I was so proud of her today, after her fourth lesson when she not only dunked without complaint but did so multiple times.
The cutest part was when she would turn to me after every accomplishment and give me a thumbs up. It has been so rewarding watching her bloom into a little girl who isn’t afraid of the water anymore. She told me today that she wants to learn to swim well so she can teach her younger cousins.
I’ve never been so proud!