Day Thirty -Six – Playin’ by the Rules

July 18, 2008 at 11:12 pm (daily life)

 

So, Emily is doing much better with her swimming lessons.  For a minute or two today, she actually forgot to keep a death grip on my upper arm.  She clearly is not afraid of the  water itself.  She splashes, kicks, puts her face in to blow bubbles and shreiks  with delight when we bob and up down or spin around together in the water.   Try as we might, though, none of us can get her to jump into the pool.  She watches all the other kids do it, and says she’s going to do it before we leave home.  I think she even told Grandma on the phone that she DID do it.  But, she just won’t.  She firmly shakes her head and says, “No, I’m not jumping.”

I think I figured out why.

Today, as we were getting  out of the pool after class, she  paused  by the tile emblazoned with the international “No Diving” symbol, couched down, patted it, looked up at me and said, “See, mom.  This means NO JUMPING!” 

Yes, Emily, yes it does.

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