No Badge For You…

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That’s what I heard.  Not what they said, but what I heard.

For six weeks we’ve spent every morning at the pool.  In Level one.  He’s done amazingly well.  Went from not being able to put his face in the water to being able to do a front glide, front swim, front float.  But he can’t jump in yet.  And he can’t float on his back…and he just doesn’t have the self confidence to let go long enough to do it.

And I feel like crap.  If you look at him, he doesn’t seem phased by it at all.  He’ll tell you, he doesn’t want a badge.  But I wanted him to get it.  I wanted him to get something for all the hard work he has done.  Something for being there at 9am every single morning, all summer long.

For the last two weeks of sessions, I gave him the option.  I let him decide if he wants to go or not.  Of course, he doesn’t.  Though it will be nice to not have to run out the door for a few weeks before school goes back in.  I really wish he would try, just for two more weeks.  But it’s not fair to him to make him do it.  These last two weeks he’s starting going backwards, not wanting to put his face in, not wanting to bob anymore.  His glides that he was doing so easily last week, he almost refuses to do.

So next summer we’ll try again.  We’ll swim only for fun until then.  And maybe by next summer, he’ll be more into it.  More confident in his abilities…

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  1. Awww Ben! You’ll get it next time. My oldest did the same lessons 7 times before she passed Salamander. I’m still not sure if she really passed or if because she was tuning 6 and could no longer take the preschool classes that they passed her anyway. She passed swimkids 1 the first time through as it was a refresher of everything she’d done in the preschool classes.

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