Swimming

 

I was born a water baby.  My parents made sure we all got our Red Cross swimming cards.  We endured years of lessons.  I grew up in Texas, it was incredible that the first day of pools opening would be April 15; my birthday is April 16 so I always wanted to be in a swimming hole or pool for my birthday.  I always felt at peace and one when I was in the water, you couldn’t keep me out of it.  Through my teens, I took more lessons and became a lifeguard and a teacher for a toddler swimming class.  After I married and became pregnant, I started swimming a mile a day up until a couple of days before I delivered.  When my son was six months old, I took him to his first lesson.  Since then, all my children enjoyed the joy of being in or near the water.  If they didn’t have formal lessons, I taught them myself from my background.  Even today, my precious granddaughter is a water baby.

I have several times in my life got up at 4:00 a.m. to hit the local lap swim before work.  Well recently, I had the opportunity to join my daughter in that morning ritual.  What a joy.  I love that some of her best memories of when I used to take her with me to lap swim.  Something about the water lets you be yourself, have fun, act like a child.  We found ourselves doing somersaults, hand stands, practicing every swim stroke we know and just having fun.  It has been a wonderful bonding experience but has just been wonderful exercise.  We both agree we have already lost any unwanted pounds and see changes in our bodies.  See swimming is one of the only exercises that use most of the muscles in your body and it doesn’t take long to start firming and toning.  Aside from that, it is fun, relaxing, a wonderful way to start the day, and water….I believe has wonderful healing powers.  I only learned recently that instead of chlorine they are using saline in the water.  I find it to be much softer, cleaner, doesn’t hurt your eyes, or dry out your skin. So today I share the joy of swimming, swimming with my daughter and that precious time we get to chat, talk, laugh, and remember.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lish
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 11:37:16

    adorable!

    Reply

  2. julia christine stephen
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 13:17:14

    You have a beautiful grandchild 🙂

    Reply

  3. slowborg
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 23:25:11

    Gorgeous photo!

    Reply

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