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July 28, 2009

Head First In The Deep End

Today was a big day and I didn’t even know it was coming. My son has been taking swimming lessons at the local community center this summer. Having progressed from Level 2 to Level 3 they are now working on the freestyle or “crawl” stroke. I figured the two weeks would be filled with lessons on swimming with big arms, kicking, breathing and probably some work on the backstroke. But today, the kids were told they were heading to the deep end of the pool. The deep end?!? Are you kidding me? We just started the crawl four days ago. Who’s running this show?

I was sure I could hear the thoughts running through my son’s head a million miles a minute. “The Deep End? Nobody warned us about this! I’m not ready. Dad?”

All I could do was nervously sit and watch as the kids swam one by one into the deep end. Unphased, my son just swam right in and climbed up the ladder ready for more.

Next they were told they were going to learn how to dive. Diving? What’s next? Navy seal training? Night drops from helicopters into heavy seas? Man, this is getting hairy and fast.

Low and behold, those five kids just lined up and learned how to dive into the deep end. Sure there were belly flops but no one cared. It was all good, belly flop or tentative dive, these kids were jazzed even with nervous parents staring wide-eyed from behind the pool fence. And when it was time to end the lesson, kids with big smiles came out to get wrapped in brightly colored beach towels by proud parents.

As I sit back and think about it, my son may have learned to swim in the deep end and dive today, but I’m the one who got the lesson.