Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Ah, summer. Emma was on the swim team for the first time last year, and this year Ben gave it a go too. I can't say enough about how much he's improved because of it. Before the season started he was hard pressed to make it all the way across the pool with out stopping to hold on to something. After just the first week of getting in the water so frequently and getting some good instruction it's a breeze now. His first attempt at backstroke was hopeless...his body vertical as his arms flailed two or three times before grabbing the wall. But after just two days of working at it he knows what he's doing. He's doing it correctly. He reported, "Backstroke is my favorite, I was going so fast..." They were both so excited for the first meet, Emma was positively bubbling as she showed Ben where to put his towel and explained about the snacks and playing with all the other kids on the team and cheering and most importantly writing all over yourself with a sharpie. It's been fun to have two kids swimming this year. Neither one is a superstar at it. No blue ribbons so far, and perhaps there won't be at all by the end, but that doesn't diminish their love of the sport. And their individual improvement is what has me sold on this every summer for as long as they're game.