Islands in the Stream

When I look back at pictures of my kid from this summer, a few thoughts make themselves particularly loud in my brain.

Noodle 1

This kid was made for the pool. I don't know if she's ever going to be a competitive swimmer, another Janet Evans or Dara Torres or Michael Phelps or Mark Spitz, but this is a kid who will always be at her very best when she is in the water. Her signature fragrance, for all of her life, will always contain a hint of chlorine. Eau de l'eau, if you will.

Noodle 2

I am very excited to get her into swimming lessons this fall and winter -- maybe more than she is, even -- because by this time next year, she will be swimming by herself. She really, really wants to swim on her own, and I think that watching her learn to do that, to finally ditch the bubble for good and just go, will be tremendously satisfying.

Noodle 3

Better call the Y and find out if I will be allowed to observe lessons, and if they'll let me take pictures. If not, I better learn pretty quick how to get good pictures without a flash. Because I have confidence that she'll be able to swim a full lap by Christmas, and when she does, I want to be able to capture every stroke. This might be a bigger deal to me than her first steps.

Noodle 4

Whenever we start looking for a new house -- which won't be any time soon, but then again it might not be too long, since she starts kindergarten in just two years -- we'd better look for a place with a pool. Perhaps on a nice tropical island somewhere, where we can swim all year long.

Which reminds me, I'd better play the lottery this week.


  1. be careful what you wish for I've never seen anybody enjoy water more !!!

  2. Even if it's not blood, I'm absolutely positive our family has some weird connection with water. I know whenever I'm in a bad mood just dump me in a pool/lake/puddle/bath etc. and it's like I'm a whole different person.

  3. I know, it IS weird how we're all swimmers, all pool lovers, all people who need to be near the water to relax and find our centers. Evidently we're all water-based life forms, instead of carbon-based.