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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Would I lie to you?


Joseph had another swimming lesson today with Cynthia, a rather butch and stocky Lithuanian girl who is very nice and a seemingly, very caring teacher.

Unfortunately she seemed either to forget that this was only Joseph’s second lesson or she expected him to pick up exactly where he had left off the week previous.

“That’s it, relax, put your arms out in front, let me pull your arms, and now, face in the water and …”

He stops and stands up, clearly having swallowed several gallons of chlorinated water and coughs good and proper, looking a little funny with his goggle elastic pushing his ears outwards (they were half full of water anyway) and standing there, looking over at me, expecting me to do something while he continued coughing.

I think it might have been fairer if she had reminded him of what he needed to do but, in the “learn things the hard way” school of thought, I doubt he will make the same mistake again.

What got me thinking though, was watching him being told to “turn over, lie on your back and keep kicking. Relax, rest your head and keep breathing”.

I could see he was struggling to relax and I didn’t blame him. Trust is something that you earn right? It’s not something that you just “have” with a stranger, especially when you are being asked to do something entirely new by the person who pretty much caused you to have a coughing fit, having swallowed half a swimming pool’s worth of funny tasting water.

He did eventually rest his head on her ample shoulder and proceeded to kick as requested so well done for that Poops.

Anyway, there will be plenty of opportunity to practice this weekend when we get to the Isle of Wight.



Ooh, by the way, just wanted to say well done to M for getting the new job she was after. She leaves her old job today.

Don’t worry love – you have totally made the right decision!

Enjoy your week off!!

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