We’ve had a pool for almost two years. We’ve looked at its glistening, freshly cleaned water, locked and gated. What’s the problem you ask? Why haven’t we been in it by now, with two summer’s past? The kids can’t swim…and neither can their mama. Jay has asked many times if we could just go out and “put our feet in the water”. Each time I warm up to the idea, something happens to make me punk out, take for instance the last time I agreed…
On the way outside Jay said confidently, “I know that I can swim!”, without missing a beat, I turned around and headed back to the house. I was already thinking in the back of my mind, while we sit with our “feet in the water”, what if one of us falls in? Who will help us? It just isn’t a risk I’m willing to take.
“If you don’t teach your children to swim, you’re putting your grandchildren at risk.”~ John Cruzat
Oh no…not my future grandbabies! Professor Richard Irwin, said “one key finding was the influence of parents’ attitudes and abilities. If a parent could not swim, as was far more likely in minority families than white families, or if the parent felt swimming was dangerous, then the child was far less likely to learn how to swim.” So taking all of that in, while the kidlets are in school…mama will be a mermaid. I’m making preparations for lessons today.
Photo Credit: Makau