Today I have to take a minute to brag about Aspen. She has learned to swim. I've watched this process and been amazed by it for the last few summers now. Two years ago, when she was just two, we bought her her first set of water wings and started taking her to the pool. The first day, she was afraid to let go of me for a while, but once she got brave enough to try and figured out that the wings would keep her up, she took off and there was no stopping her. Last summer, we used wings too and she swam all over the pool. She jumped in and I'd catch her and we played all sorts of water games. It was a great summer, but a little bit lonely for her, since there weren't many other kids her age here. This year there are several kids her age and she's really enjoyed having someone to play with. She wanted to jump in, go under and swim the way they did, but fear of going under held her back.
Gradually, bit by bit she got braver and braver. She was all but swimming anyway, and putting her face in and going under were the only things holding her back. This week, out of the blue, she conquered those fears, and in a matter of days, became a swimmer. One of her water wings got a hole in it, so she wore just one, and that allowed her to practice keeping herself up more. Once she figured out that she was actually swimming, that gave her the courage to start putting her face in, then going under fully. A new pair of goggles helped with this too.
I am so delighted by the joy this has brought to her. Both of her big sisters were much older when they learned to swim, so she is extra proud about that. These are the times when the joy of parenting far, far outweighs the hard parts. I feel so blessed to be able to experience this with her, and to share it with all of you.
What unexpected joys has this summer brought you and your family?
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