Wow, it's been a while since I last wrote....here's my excuse -for the past two months, every Saturday, my family would pack a lunch, some towels and our swimsuits and head out to Bracebridge for swimming lessons. This would take a big chunk out of our day because there is no pool in our town - don't get me started on why we don't have a pool- in my opinion every town should have a pool - it would get used! Anyway, this past Saturday was our last swimming lesson or I guess graduation day - both my girls graduated their level and honestly I am not surprised. I seem to have given birth to two little fish!
I am a swimmer, always have been. Growing up, every summer I would live in the water and last summer, I tried to swim every day with some ladies - I find my patience and calmness in the water. After a good swim, I was good for the rest of the day. So it makes me so happy to know that both my girls enjoy the water as much as I do - I really don't know what I would do if my daughter's didn't enjoy the water - it would seem so foreign to me, that's for sure.
So back to our swimming lessons, Leah lesson meant that I had to get into the water as well. I got to witness first hand how comfortable my 15 month old is in the water, especially lying on her back wearing a PFD and how much water she can splash. Grace on the other hand was in lessons on her own and every so often I would glance over to see what she was up to. I saw her swim through hoops, and swim laps (alright one lap) in the deep pool wearing a float belt. But what impressed me the most was when I saw her jump off the diving board. Not the super high board, but not the regular board either, so I guess the medium height diving board. Grace climbed up the ladder, walked to the end and took a big leap right into the water- no hesitation, no scream (not that I could hear) - just a clean jump.
Watching my girl's enjoy something and learn to do something that I love doing is surreal in a way - like watching myself (helps that my daughter's look like me). It helps me to see how they are like me as well and that helps me to be a better parent to them. Plus, in a few years I will have two other ladies to swim with summer mornings.