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Fairly Odd Mother

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Blowing (off) bubbles

All weekend, I heard the same thing from Jilly: "I'm going to drown".

At her swimming class a few days prior, her teacher had pulled me aside and said that she'd like to take the flotation (aka, the bubble) off of Jilly because she was more than ready to let it go.

Actually, she had been more than ready to let it go this summer, and spent most of her pool days swimming without one, jumping into the deep end without any flotation at all.

But, at swim lessons, with all those laps? She wanted that bubble.

So, I endured nights of everything from "please let me wear my bubble", to "fine! I guess I'll just go and drown!" (followed by a little toss of the head). I wasn't completely unsympathetic; I'd point out the number of lifeguards and the lane markers that would be right next to her while she swam. Heck, her teacher told her she could use a noodle to swim with for the first few classes!

But, on Monday, as we walked toward the pool, she wasn't buying any of it. "Goodbye. I'm going to drown now," she said as she stalked away toward her teacher.

Yeah, whatever. She did great. And, she even managed to look both proud and a little sheepish after class.


Jilly, still wearing her bubble, but definitely not looking sheepish in this summertime photo taken by Mr. Q, my brother-in-law


Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

That's a FABULOUS photo! And one of these days she'll say, "How come you made me wear that bubble Mom? I *so* don't need that!" -Christine

10:40 PM  
Blogger Heather @critter chronicles said...

Oh, so dramatic! *I* was never that dramatic as a little girl. And I can't imagine that *my* daughter (or Drama-King son) would ever say something like that.

Of course, my daughter's vocabulary is frequently punctuated by "always" and "never", as in the case of "You *never* let me play with my friends" or "I *always* have to put away my own clothes"... so, okay, that one's true. But still.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Wendy Hawksley said...

Wow, who would have thought that attitude comes with such a cute face. ;) Do you have your hands full or what? Good job, Jilly - you succeeded after all. No drowning.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So proud of you Jilly!

Aunt Barb

7:26 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

When I was in 4th grade our gym class had mandatory swim lessons.

I started out in the "tadpoles" because I was terrified of water. After a week, the tadpoles all moved on.

A month later I was not only *still* a tadpole (the one and only), but they had to type up some sort of fake certificate that read something like: Jessica *participated* in the Red Cross Swimming Program.

I'm sure I was the only person in history to never advance past tadpole.

Congratulations Jilly!!!! No drowning.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous mrs. q. said...

Yeehaw my little fish! The way she swam this summer, it was obvious that the bubble was just a security blanket; no need for those silly things with the way she dunks. We are very proud! Now, don't hold that nose!

8:50 AM  

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