Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Baby Steps...Gotta Remember the Baby Steps...
After so many years of dilly-dallying, going back and forth on price, time of year, scheduled vacations, etc., after making excuse after excuse, I finally took Samantha to her first swim lesson on Sunday. About a year ago, we'd gone for an evaluation, to give one of the instructors some clue as to her present level (none), and Samantha was very receptive to her, following directions and cooperating. However, the lessons never happened due to our vacation schedule and then subsequent maternity leave of the instructor. But this time, there was far less cooperation.
I brought my bathing suit just in case, prefering to not have to suit-up. And I didn't. Uh, at least not in the first 5 minutes. But when it became clear that Samantha would not move from her perch on the step in the photo above, no matter how nicely she was interacting with the new instructor, I knew I'd have to stuff my out-of-shape body into my wetsuit and brave the chilly water myself. Yep, it was chilly. I almost couldn't blame Samantha, a child who absolutely loves the water herself, regardless of temperature.
Actually, I'm not sure what was going on with her, but once I was in the water it took a lot of coaxing to get her to even come in with me, and at that, she wouldn't let go of her death grip around my neck. She is usually much more at ease in the water, but I guess the fact that she was being instructed and expected to do something, she put the brakes on.
A half an hour went by, with nothing more accomplished than the instructor getting her to blow some bubbles in the water. But you know what? I was super-happy with that! I need to remember that things like this require baby steps, a little bit of leeway for the learning curve that's sure to accompany eventual success. I have to not look at it as a failure on Day 1, but as a single step in the long process required to reach the goal of self-sufficiency in the water.
We'll get there...
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