Adventures in Swimming (with kids)

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lifeguardBut I don’t wanna go,” he says with his fingers in his mouth and his little lips quivering.

Honey,” I say, “Mommy and Daddy have already paid for your swimming lessons, and you’re going to learn how to swim. Do you understand me?”

Yes,” he says, with his eyes looking towards the floor and with a posture that tells me he’s only doing it because he knows that the next thing I’m going to say will be something he REALLY will not want to hear, such as, “If you don’t get in the water this very instant and start swimming, when we get home, you’re going to your room until I say you can come out!

MLI has swimming classes every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at our health club. To work our schedules around his swimming and CareerMom’s desire to go to an aerobics class at 8:30, I went earlier, then after my workout, I took him out to the pool for his 30-minute swim session.

Last week, due to the holiday, he didn’t have his regular teacher. Instead, he had some young stud-wannabe kid, who was nice and who did a fine job. I figured we’d have the same guy today so we walked over to him and he said, “Oh, Anna actually will be his regular teacher. She’s over there.”

He pointed…I stared.

Anna.

A more appropriate description for her might be, “Future Baywatch Star” if Baywatch were still on television.

Anyway, after daddy composed himself, we walked over to Anna and introduced ourselves and after a bit more blubbering, I finally threatened convinced MLI to get in the water where he had 30 glorious minutes with Anna…while I tried (hard) not to look like I was trying not to look.

And don’t think little boys are dumb either. MLI clung to her (and not in a “I’m scared” kinda way) like he clings to a slice of pepperoni pizza. And for the record, he did NOT cling to the boy teacher in the same fashion.

So, next week, when CareerMom asks if I can again accompany MLI to swim lessons, I’ll cheerfully accept. And I think I’ll have to make Saturday, Chest and Biceps day…cuz…those body parts really need the work.

(Hey, I’m married, not dead!)

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3 thoughts on “Adventures in Swimming (with kids)

    Allison said:
    July 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Never, ever hire a hot nanny. We are not in the position to hire a nanny, but if we were, that would be my rule. I never even considered establishing rules for swim lesson teachers. Ha! Wait until YLI (your little introvert) rats you out.

    RE: A couple we are friends with have had a nanny since their first child was born. They’ve been through at least four I think, and they’ve all been homely as the day is long!
    And you know, I’ve discovered that, contrary to my deepest desire, I cannot control everything in my little world. So, if the gym wants to hire hottie 20-years olds, who am I to complain?

    Stacey said:
    July 12, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    So you signed yourself up for swim lessons, right?

    RE: Darn Right! Right after Pilates Yoga with the MILF in the brown spandex pants and the washboard abs!

    romi41 said:
    July 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Hahahaha….live it up, married man! And go Anna, she rules! (until I get married and end up hating her and with good reason!! 😉 )

    RE? You, Romi, are an evil, evil woman!

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