When I was a kid, we couldn't afford swimming lessons. This was a bummer, since I am not a natural swimmer. I remember almost drowning . . . twice.
Somehow I learned enough to kill myself in the water. And I was very proud of the swimming that I can do. Then I started dating this Ron fellow. One day we went to a pool. He saw me swim and laughed at me. The Nerve!!! So I threw him in to the pool . . . I don't always take it well when people laugh at me ;)
Turns out Ron and his brothers all had done years of swimming lessons and are like fish people. So he gave me some pointers. And I my swimming is better now than it used to be. Although the Olympic team won't be calling me anytime soon.
Sadly, my offspring have natural non-talent for the water. Although they all do love the water immensely. We have done swimming lessons off and on for the past 6 years. We haven't done them consistently because of many reasons. But it has been off and on for the past many, many years. During the first lessons for the older two, Cody was a baby in his stroller sitting on the sidelines with me and toddler-Gracie.
The last set of swimming lessons was last summer. We had a break for fall sports and today we were back at it again. I am happy to report that I see progress. One child can swim . . like for reals! Like probably better than me! That is some exciting stuff! We have set a house goal for all the children to have better handwriting than mine. And I think we now have a goal for all of them to be better swimmers than me. I see it can be done! There was a glimpse today!
Tonight I am thankful for not giving up on swimming lessons! Seriously a few times over the year, I thought about just giving up and duct taping life jackets to the children for the rest of their lives. But we are making progress . . . slow and steady progress. I'll take it!