Daniel had the last of his swimming lessons today. He spent all of the previous two days in tears so I wasn’t terribly hopeful about today but it was the best day of all. He finally understood that he needed to keep his mouth shut before putting his head under water and that it’s not possible to breathe down there. Funny how such a simple thing could be so hard for him. Telling him to keep his mouth closed didn’t work as he kept going under water with his mouth open and then getting a mouthful of the stuff and resurfacing in tears. I drew him a picture this morning before we left home of a child going under water with his mouth shut, so maybe that helped. He succeeded in going under numerous times today and managed to hold his breath for 32 seconds. That’s a huge achievement as he could barely go under for 2 seconds yesterday. I would like to continue with lessons next week but he’s not so keen so I thought we’d have a break and do some fun water activities instead. Then maybe the week after we can resume.
It’s a risky business taking small children into a public dressing area by the pool. Today, after we’d finished getting our togs on, Daniel announced quite loudly, “That lady has a big bottom”. She did indeed have a rather large bottom but I told Daniel it wasn’t polite to say such things. Then after our swim, Elizabeth announced in her loudest voice, “Mummy has a ‘gina”. She is right, I do indeed have a vagina.
Near to the Parnell Baths is a swimming area in the sea. They have built a jetty and some swimming platforms to swim out to. It reminds me of Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief where she swims out to similar platforms in the Mediterranean. I’ve not seen platforms like that anywhere else. It looks rather nice and almost tempting, but I bet the water is freezing.
Zeki has been at the vet again today. He’s got lots of problems. I’m thinking of hooking our vet up to a direct credit from our bank account since we seem to be handing over hoards of cash to them. At what point do you stop and say, time to euthanize? Then there’s the question of what to do with Zeki.