Our Anxiety Filled Swim Lesson

Last night I packed his bag – towel, swim trunks, swim shirt, and sunscreen. I dropped him off at his regular time at daycare and told him I would be back around 11:30ish to pick him up for swimming lessons.

Today marks day one of fourteen, of Tallen’s swim lessons. I did not think much of it when I signed him up. It was no different than basketball, flag football, soccer or tennis, right? Wrong!

I left work right at 11:30 a.m. to go grab Tallen. I quickly got him changed and we zipped off in the “mini-van.”

He was so excited; talking a mile a minute. The more excited he became, the more nervous I got. I parked the van and looked in the rear view mirror. I noticed hives quickly spreading across my face and neck. Was I nervous? Nah, couldn’t be!

Ignoring the hives, I hurried him out of the car (you know we are always late). A quick trip to the restroom and then we had a seat and waited for the director to assign the swimmers to the lifeguards. Tallen started to get very impatient. “When am I going in the water?” He asked. “They’re so slow.”

I glanced at my cell phone to check the time. Things were right on schedule. My stomach began to turn. It was in knots and I finally admitted to myself that I was nervous. They called his name and off he went with his group. I almost burst into tears!

Tallen has no fear of the water and trust me this was not his first go round. But something about him NOT having on a life jacket and NOT being within an arms length of my husband and I had me terrified! I was supposed to entrust my son’s care to some teeny bopper, life guard? I don’t think so!

I was on edge for the first half-hour. My eyes were glued to him like white on rice; ready to jump in at a moment’s notice. I slowly began to ease up when I saw a fellow Mom I knew and even managed to snap some pictures. Before I knew it, lessons were over and my main man was in tears because he couldn’t jump off the diving board again. Yes, the diving board! He absolutely loved it!

And so it begins. Our grip on our boys is slowly beginning to loosen! Our first born is slowly, but surely swimming away. 😦

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