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Saturday, June 18, 2011

21 Day Summer Challenge~ Day 9: Childhood Swimming Memory

 
 
June 18-Day 9:  Childhood Swimming Memory
 
 Swimming is something I just love.
I have always loved the water.
I cannot remember a time in my life where I didn't live near a body of water or near a pool.
As an adult I have just loved being near the water.
As a child just being in the water.
Like most kids I remember taking swimming lessons at the near by public pool.
I'm not a good swimmer my any stretch of the word.
I was never a strong swimmer. 
But you could always find me in the pool or in the water I was near.
I remember once being at a neighbors pool when I was just learning to swim and had told everyone what a good swimmer I was.
Not smart.
 I almost drowned that day.
That started the love hate affair with the water.
I was determined I was going to learn how to swim really good.
Then when I was a young teenager my dad I talked about me learning how to become a life guard.
  I was eager to take the classes and become a life guard.
I had to over come my fear of diving.
Which I have never liked nor do I to this day.
That was the hardest part for me.
It took everything I had to pass that class so I could be a life guard.
I was so determined.
And I did pass!
Now I was eligible to become a life guard!
Yea!
My most favorite memory from childhood swimming though would have to be the year I took water ski lessons.
Camp was a week long.
I begged and begged till dad said yes.
You see I had to make up some classes in Summer school.
So this was something that I really wanted.
So naturally I had to bring those grades up to do so.
I have many fond memories of my Summers near the water and the fun I had.
You could always find me with a swim suit on near a body of water or pool side enjoying the sun rays and the water.
To this day I would rather be near a body of water in the sun soaking the rays and water skiing or body surfing.
But ... as life would have it I'm not as young as I use to be. 
So now I must enjoy watching all the young ones learning and enjoying the water activities.
I still soak up every minute of the sun rays and the fun near the water.
I will even try some of the crazy things they do now.
And there are some I will do!
But must take the lessons to do so.
{For another blog post.}
But over all my body isn't what she use to be.
Soaking up every minute of the Summer.
 
Did you take swim lessons or teach yourself?
 
 





4 comments:

Thisisme. said...

Like you Bethe, I adore the water and have always lived near it. Like you also, I now have to watch the young ones enjoying the seaside, although I still like to feel the sand between my toes!

Jen said...

I don't live near a body of water BUT I do love the water!! I loved water skiing when I was younger. It's been years since I've done it! I remember how hard it was learning how to get up on those skies but once you're it's OH SO FUN!!!

mindlovemisery said...

Oh wow congrats that is an accomplishment! I really could use swim lessons, I have nearly drowned also. I am scared of diving too I tried once and I was in perfect form but then I heard people cheering for me and my feet came up behind and I managed to hot myself in the head with my own feet!!! I hit myself hard and hit the bottom of the pool. To this day I do not know how that was humanely possible! Water-skiing sounds awesome, never tried it but I might be too clumsy lol

Amy said...

I took lessons as a child. I have even put my little one in lessons. I want her to feel comfortable and be safe around the water.. I think Lessons are a must.. I still love the water..