Thursday, July 31, 2008

Because I remember how much I loved summer and doing NOTHING, I always tend to underschedule Gus every summer. I think he would love camp and lessons and workshops and stuff like that, but we do enough of that when school's in, so even though there are days when we get on each other's nerves and I'm sure he misses the company of his 8-yr-old buddies, we generally get on well.

This summer, in lieu of camps and such, I declared that it would be the Summer of Personal Achievement. I wanted Gus to get his deep-end band at the pool, master riding a bike, master tying his shoes [I was the clueless single person who scorned moms who bought their kids shoes with velcro closures. And then I was the mom who bought nothing else.)

So anyway, Gus has been taking swimming lessons twice a week at the pool with long-suffering and patient Jim, who's in his second year of teaching Gus. They never seemed to make any progress, though Gus has loved the water since he was a baby, and Gus was sad because his friends could swim by themselves in the deep end and he couldn't. But something clicked this year. Today was Gus's last lesson because Jim is going to law school. Gus decided that today was the day and announced to a startled Jim when he arrived, "I AM READY TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!"

So he took his Deep End Band Test (freestyle across the pool twice and treading water for 2 minutes), and he passed. HE PASSED!

Look at this face:

Please note deep end band on ankle. It is 5 hours later and he still has it on.

If one could actually burst with pride, there'd be pieces of me scattered all over Glenside.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Gus's granddad said...

Never underestimate our Augustus!

10:52 PM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I'm so proud of that boy! Sometimes you just need to decide you're ready.

9:59 AM  
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Blogger everluvincuzin said...

Way to go Gus! Congratulations!!!

3:04 PM  

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