Well, believe it or not, swimming lessons were a “Go” today! I will spare you my complaints and just focus on the positive. Several of the families that were there yesterday didn’t bother showing up today, so the class was a much more manageable size. Boo and Pumpkin Girl both got into the water without me. In fact, I had turned my back to get Nicholas settled in the shade and when I turned around, they were both sitting happily on the side of the pool with their instructor. They were facing me for most of the class, so I could encourage them with over-enthusiastic clapping and thumbs ups.
I have been trying to get Boo into swimming classes for about 4 years. The first attempt failed miserably. He was about 3 years old and cried and cried. Poor little guy. He was out of the pool within 10 minutes and we were able to get all of our money back. He refused to even try again until this year. With him refusing, it was pretty pointless to try to talk Pumpkin Girl into lessons. I was very proud of him and quite relieved when he joined the class and got into the pool without so much as a glance over to me.
During the class, he did look to me several times, mostly with a big grin on his face, as if to say, “Hey, look what I can do!” Pumpkin Girl looked to me mostly for encouragement. She was a little more nervous about the whole thing and hestitant to try new things. She said she enjoyed herself, though, and is looking forward to tomorrow’s lesson.
They had “free swim” for the last 10 minutes of class and they both seemed to be so much more comfortable and confident in the water. The experience was such a good one that I briefly considered getting them into all the rest of the sessions. But then I remembered that these classes are every single day for 2 weeks. Do I really want to commit to being at the pool every day until September? Not so much. I think that after soccer ends in the Fall, I will look for a local YMCA where they can take additional lessons.