I have been away from blogging for a long period of time and I have not kept in touch with all my blog friends, mainly due to internet unavailability and also a brief illness on my last trek. However, I am back here among a great group of friends who write, read, make comments, and give valuable feedback and much needed support!
Once in a while, nostalgic memories assail us all, and images of childhood life and adventures flash across our minds. Mine started at the beach and resulted in my latest trek.
Each summer I spend a week at a beach house with my very young grandkids. We make daily treks to the beach where they happily play in the sand, but staunchly refuse to go into the water. Last summer, we occupied a house with a swimming pool, and of course they refused to set foot in the pool.
My young grandkids made me realize, as many of you do, the importance of teaching children to swim. Each time I see kids close to water, my mind flashes back to my childhood, and I relive a vague, yet poignant memory of my two-year old brother gasping for breath and sinking in a stream.
Although I cannot recall everything that transpired, apparently my frantic screams alerted a neighbor, who jumped in the stream and rescued him from drowning. Many children are not so lucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S., and more than one in five are children under fourteen years of age.
My blogging friends, if any of you have young children, can they swim? If not, I urge you to seriously consider swimming lessons.
After that incident, many of the neighborhood kids learned to swim in that same stream. I actually learned by holding on to a banana sucker (the trunk of a banana tree), and kicking my way around. Some kids used a bucket, grabbing on to the sides and kicking, while trying to avoid getting water in the bucket. Our young lives revolved around that stream, and we shared many adventures, including fishing, rafting, and water sports.
It is hardly any wonder that on my trek to the beach with my grandkids, I had the nostalgic urge to make a trek to my childhood watery playground. In case if you are wondering if my grandkids ventured into the pool…I was successful in coaxing them into the water, and commenced their swimming lessons!
I would like to hear your stories on your children and grandchildren and how they learnt to swim. Were they afraid of the water?
Here is an excerpt of the bio of a famous swimmer. Do you know him? Michael Phelps’ performances at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics have brought him strong consideration as the greatest ever Olympian. He has surpassed the records of Mark Spitz and Johnny Weissmuller and is considered the greatest swimmer ever. At the Beijing Olympics, Phelps won eight swimming events and became the first Olympian to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.
Are there any future Olympians out there?