Moved into a new phase with Andrew today. The last couple of months I’d been taking Andrew to swimming lessons. The lessons were called Pike with Parent. This meant that I swam with Andrew. I was right there cheering him on and catching him as he yelled “Cannonball” at the top of his lungs and launched himself into my arms. I saw him improving and improving through the classes and I love being able to be right there with him.
We started a new session of Pike with Parent with a new teacher. The new teacher is a bit abrupt and wouldn’t let the kids and parents play together while waiting for class to start. Then through the course of the class she had us stay off to the side while the kids did their own swimming. And by the end of the class we were out of the water watching as the kids did their jumps. I was feeling really sad that I couldn’t catch Andrew when he jumped.
So, the next class parents will be able to sit at the edge of the pool with their feet in the water while the kids swim. The class after that we won’t get near the water at all. This went by so quickly for me and the abrupt change in style between the last instructor and this instructor knocked me for a bit of an emotional loop. I am going to miss being there in the water with Andrew.
Andrew, though, excelled in the class. He was the strongest and fastest swimmer. He jumped out the furthest. The instructor better move back because he doesn’t just jump he launches. I look forward to seeing Andrew improve each week.