They say this is good for you…

It’s hot.  It’s at least 95 degrees with 100 percent humidity and no breeze.  The air covers me like a wet blanket, clingy and persistent.  I know my hair has reached new extremes in the frizz department making me look the equivalent of a fluffy red troll doll.  No, you cannot rub my tummy for a wish.  People pay good money to sit in the heat and let the sweat roll from their skin.  It’s healthy, they say.  It’s good for the skin, they say.  It purges the body of toxins, they say.

The second I can leave I’m getting a Coke.

“They” probably aren’t at an indoor pool for an hour and a half wrestling a one year old while the other two children are learning not to drown.  While they call these swimming lessons, we are still at the “how to keep alive” stage.  I suppose in time they might learn how to propel themselves through the water but for now, first things first.


There’s no amount of explaining that helps a youngster realize that these lessons are for their own good.  In their eyes the teacher is doing her best to kill them.  She pushes them into deep water where they can’t touch bottom, forces them to flail to stay afloat, and calls the exercise “treading water.”  Then she holds them by their heads and insists they can float on their backs.  All they can think about is that their breathing bits are mere inches from going under and the only thing keeping them afloat is the same gal that pushed them into the deep water.

I have seen improvement in my kids not drowning skills, so it’s all worth it.  As for me nothing sounds better than heading home.

Happy Summer!


4 thoughts on “They say this is good for you…

  1. It’s important . . . if they are going to be around any bodies of water. But it is hard to watch at times.

    Too bad you and the 1 year old can’t sit in the wading (waiting) pool to keep cool.


    • The wading pool would be terrific, but there are strict rules. If you are not in the class, you can’t be in the water. The other option is to sign up for lessons at the outdoor pool but seeing that the temps will be in the 100s all next week perhaps indoor might be slightly better. In the end they do like the lessons and are being more confident in their skills everyday.


  2. oh lord, the swimming lessons. You ain’t kidding it’s hot in there. The pool at our local pool and racket club (never quite understood that combo) is in a greenhouse-like enclosure. It behaves like a greenhouse, too.


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