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Taking to Water

June 21, 2008

My little Isabel, the girl who is still terrified to have water trickle down her face when her hair is washed, has been asking for swimming lessons for months. She loves going to the neighbor’s house to splash in their pool. Who can explain her fear and fascination with water and swimming? I was finally able to get her into summer lessons, because the evening school year lessons seem to always have a waiting list. She was thrilled to learn she was finally getting lessons. She is in semi-private lessons and has one instructor to two students. She has a great instructor who motivates and congratulates her and doesn’t push her past her comfort level or imply that he is going to catch her and then not, in an effort to force her to try something she wouldn’t otherwise consider. I know that if he had done that once, she would have been too fearful to continue. She is very much like me in her relationship to water. I still recall the incident that scared me so badly that I still don’t swim. I’m grateful that she was paired with such a kind instructor. She is taking one more week of lessons and I hope she gets the same one. Maybe later in the summer she can take another round of lessons. She has progressed quite a bit in one week and is feeling more comfortable and taking more risks that she used to do.

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  1. Angelina permalink
    June 22, 2008 5:34 pm

    That is very cool. I’m glad she got an instructor who is able to help her feel more comfortable, that’s a lot of what it’s about.

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