Earlier this month, Pa would’ve turned 100.
I thought about him when T had his first swim lesson.
T’s always loved the water. The outdoor pools saved our pandemic summers and T loves swimming in lakes during our outdoor adventures.
He’s very comfortable in the water and it was time he learned proper swim technique.
We found a school that offered smaller classes, a teacher-student ratio of 1:3. It was a sound investment to support T’s ADHD.
The first lesson took place after the first week of school. T’s excitement was palatable.
He got up on a weekend at 7 am and when it came time to leave, he got changed and brushed his teeth on his own with no fussing.
Who was this kid?!
When we arrived at the school, we reminded him about “listening ears” and to have fun.
The hubby took T to shower then left him on the pool deck.
We sat in the parents’ viewing area. I was impressed T stood patiently for five minutes until his teacher called him into the water.
I was so proud T followed instructions. Every time he finished his task and looked towards us, we waved and gave him thumbs ups.
His kicking, breathing and strokes need practice – and that’s ok. He will get better with time.
As we sat for the 30-minute lesson, the hubby and I reminisced about taking T to parent-child gymnastics five years ago – and how we hated it.
We would alternate classes and dreaded our turn – because we’d get more workout than the other kids, because T never sat still and we spent the entire hour chasing after him.
It was when his FASD first started to feel real. I got so mad by the end of those classes – and once snapped at a meddling mom. 😂
T has come a long way since. We’ve come a long way since.
Watching T take his swim lesson from the viewing area reminded me of when I was 9, a bit older than he is now, and Pa did the same for me when I took swim lessons.
Life truly is a circle. I’ve transitioned from the child and learner into one of the guiding lights in T’s life, a role Pa once held.
Putting T in swim lessons is not just for building a needed life skill, but to also help build his confidence and self esteem, while having fun.
Just like when I took swim lessons as a child, the hubby and I celebrated the end of T’s lesson by going to McDonald’s for lunch.
During the car ride, we told T he did great – and the most important thing of all, it looked like he had a lot of fun!
And he said that he did have fun indeed.