June 24th, 2013 by ariana
Our “new” house (that we moved into over a year ago) has a pool. Its a wonderful glorious thing, and I honestly feel like I’m vacationing every weekend. In my own home. It’s that fabulous
But as the mother of now THREE young children, the fact that we have a pool and children that don’t know how to swim is also quite terrifying. So terrifying that I actually signed up Jasper to go to a local daycamp for two months this year despite the exorbitant price tag, because they are known for their strong swimming program.
Campers swim twice a day, once for instruction and once for free swim. So even though I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I think about the fact that in one week I have to put him on a schoolbus to go to a place he’s never been before – I knew it was the best thing for his safety.
Well, in typical Jasper fashion, Jasper took things into his own hands and basically started swimming on his own.!
To truly understand how unlikely this transformation truly is, you have to realize that just a few short weeks ago he would come completely unglued if he got so much as a drop of water in his eyes during bath time.
Now, he is completely fearless of going under, getting his eyes wet, snorkling and even of DIVING. Yes diving, headFIRST!
I didn’t even realize how crazy it is that he just decided to dive yesterday and did it right the first time with no practice or instruction until my mom pointed out how normally someone TEACHES you how to dive.. and then yes, I started remembering such lessons myself: stand or kneel at the edge of the pool, put hands on top of head and kind of “fall” into the water… nope, not my boy:
(please excuse my reference to how much time we have left, this was my first instagram video and I’m used to 6 second vines!!)
When I think about this, I realize what a perfect metaphor it is for my Jasper. Stubborn as the day is long – you can’t push him to do anything. But the second he is ready to do it, he dives in head first and doesn’t look back.
Can you tell I’m a proud mama?
And just because, here are a few more pictures from our poolside weekends!
I hope you all had a wonderful summer weekend as well!
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