Audrey started swim lessons last week. She's in the Pike class and my heart could have totally burst when she got in the pool with complete confidence and excitement. I watched her from above on a little balcony while she "kick, kick, kick" -ed and "reach and pull, reach and pull" -ed. I thought about all the kids I taught to swim when I was in high school and now, as a parent, I have a totally different view. It never seemed like a big deal, to teach a child to swim. I just got in the water with kids and showed them how to do it, one skill at a time. Now I think it's a HUGE DEAL! When she climbed out of the water at the end of the lesson, she gave me a big, wet hug.
I've started swimming again too, like with a swim cap and flip turns and the occasional lap of butterfly. I had the opportunity to swim across the small lake at camp and then to swim in Lake Michigan a couple of time this summer. Now I'm swimming a 1600 yard workout. It's exhausting and kind of like the old days and I love it.