“I want to go down the slide with out my floaties.” Much to my surprise. I guess our swim lessons are helping.
I am thrilled, but, as most parents understand, I am also cautious. It is hard to watch your child go on their own and learn how to correct their mistakes. In this case, a mistake could be deadly. If he isn’t strong enough to swim, he can drown. However, I have to allow him to at least try and be there on the sidelines, ready to help him if he asks for it (or if I happen to notice him not swimming). I suggested we take a little swim test to see how he would do, but he insisted on doing it today, at that moment.
I agreed and took the floaties off. I also promptly walked over the lifeguard on duty and let them know that my son would be coming down the slide, sans floaties. I let him know that he is a beginner swimmer and is still learning. The life guard told me that he had been watching Jack and would certainly be there for him, but he had confidence in him.
I watched as child after child came down the slide. I looked for Jack. And then I saw him, his head full of crazy hair and a smile across his face. His body flew off of the slide and into the water. He popped up and started swimming forward, then stood. He looked up and flashed a grin. He was quite proud of himself.
And so was I.