This one kick-board gave my big boy that little boost of confidence he needed this weekend. With this one kick-board, he taught himself how to swim!
Things such as this do not always come so easy to my sweet boy. I didn't know if he was ever going to be able to have shoes with laces at one point; or if the training wheels would ever come off the bike. Every time, he proves me wrong...I should have seen this coming with the swimming too, but I didn't.
J has always had a slight fear of the water...actually, he pretty much is okay with it, as long as it doesn't end up in his face. The water, and bright sun (which is a whole other sensory issue we struggle with) combination, can be a gruesome one in his world. For these reasons, I wasn't sure if swimming was ever going to be something he would really learn how to do well.
This Saturday, we went to the pool with some good friends...they brought J this kick-board. He hasn't been so excited about anything since Christmas! I also remembered to go dig the goggles out of the garage so he could see in the water. Within 15 minutes, he decided he may not need the kick-board...and in 15 more, he was swimming with his face in the water for long stretches at a time! He taught himself to swim...I was ecstatic for him! The pride exhuming from him since then has been so wonderful to see. He is definitely walking a little taller today.
On Saturday, this one kick-board gave my son the ability to find his strength and determination within. You see, I guess sometimes all we need is just one little boost of confidence. Whether you are 8 or 30, a little self-belief goes a long way!