Friday, November 21, 2008

He's no Michael Phelps.

The boy just finished his second session of swimming lessons. He didn't pass. He passed the first one, but I could tell right from the start that this one was not going to go the same way. This one required some actual swimming out of the kid. He listens really well and apparently can blow bubbles like none other, but swimming...not so much. He really hates going under water, putting his whole face in the water or laying on his back. He freezes up. The boy is not a scared type of kid. But for whatever reason being on his back in the water is horrible for him. Even with a life jacket on, he was so tense he could barely move. I am not sure if it is a sensory issue, because he has some serious issues with slimy things on him. Sticky fingers, lotion, finger painting that type of thing. So I am not sure if the water around his face just gives him the willies or if this is his one fear. He can climb up to the top of the climbing wall at our gym, while in no way coordinated in tee ball he never really fussed, he loved soccer and he doesn't ever complain in the water, he just can barely move. He says that he really likes swimming lessons and even jumped off the diving board with a life jacket on. I plan on continuing the lessons simply because it is a safety issue. At the grandma's house there are ponds which are really deep and unsettling for me and a jacuzzi that is always locked when we are there, but when the boy realized what it was he declared "that's a giant bathtub!" So neurotic me will keep him in swim lessons! But somehow I think my dream of him being an Olympic swimmer just went down the drain (it came about because the boy's body build is very similar to Mr. Phelps, just without the muscles). The husband has moved on and decided that hockey is the new sport of choice given the boy's penchant for "accidentally" knocking other kids down, not to mention his size. Now he just needs to learn how to skate...

6 comments:

Cathy said...

I hear you. I was so hoping Ethan would be a swimmer--he's tall and lean. But no, at least not right now. Just keep up the lessons--he may have some fear of water around his face, and just needs to get used to it.

pappy said...

remember how gpa Bob had this deal with slimy things...ie fried chicken, wet on his leg etc...maybe he has a little bit of gpB in him.

love2cook said...

Ms. E is not too fond of water either. But, I think in due time she may like it more. Maybe the boy is the same way. I'm sure as he grows and matures his physical talents will be revealed.

Kathleen said...

The boy wasn't keen for ages but is much more confident now, as long as you keep the lessons up it will pass, he'll get use to it and get on with it.

The Left Wing Playing Manny said...

Hell's ya hockey. I will teach the boy how to flip the other kids over his head when they come charging at him.

bernthis said...

I agree that learning to swim is not an option. Living in southern California too much water, she has to know. (that would be my daughter who is 5)