Thursday, November 20, 2008

Writer's Workshop...

It's time for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop again! I'm finding that I am really starting to enjoy it. Her prompts this week were a little tricky for me, no lists and no short simple poems but I'm going to give it a try since I probably would have posted about this incident anyway.

The Last Time I Laughed Really Hard...

I am a swim instructor at our local YMCA and my almost five-year-old son is a pretty good little swimmer. If you read my blog, you know that he recently got moved up a level in his swim lessons and we were all very proud.

I teach lessons every Wednesday evening and The Son swims in the shallow end (roped off from the deep end) while I teach. When I'm finished, we swim together, playing, working on skills, just goofing around together.

The Son is an excellent back floater. That kid can maneuver his way around the pool by simply laying on his back, kicking his feet and "finning" his little hands back and forth, it's pretty spectacular since many kids are terrified of floating and even if they're not scared, they still aren't good at it. My guy is not only good at it, he's great. Last night when he was swimming and getting a little tired, I was trying to get him to realize that being able to float on your back was an important thing, that if you're ever swimming and you get very tired, you can help to save yourself by rolling on your back and floating. I was holding him and saying...

"You know, you're very good at an important skill that could help you when you get tired while swimming."

"Huh?, " he replied.

I said, "What are you really good at when we get in the pool?"

He looks at me with all seriousness and replies, "Drowning?"

And that is the last time I laughed really hard...

4 comments:

Live More Now (LMN) said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Loved your story.

I can so relate - that is me. I am excellent at drowning. A total sinker. My dad says one in ten people sink, and I believe I am that one. I should have had lessons as a kid.

We can only be glad for those good hard laughs - seems like they don't come often enough, huh?!!

Becky said...

LOL, the things kids say when they think they know what we want to hear. I love swimming and take my kids all the time in the summer. I can't wait until they are good enough to float around by themselves (under supervision of course)

Always Smiling said...

LOL

Kids are great for so many reasons.

Mama Kat said...

I can totally picture a kid saying that with a perfectly straight face like "what?? What's so funny?"

That's great. I would have died laughing. :)