Can you swim?? Do or did you like to swim??? You don't have to be great at this...just stay afloat...
How did you learn? Take lessons? Family member teach you? Or maybe you just watched others, jumped in and imitated them. Whatever your method, how did you learn and do you like it?
My parents sent my brother and I off to lessons 3 different summers and I was miserable! I had a fear of the water after being pushed in several times before so by the time I got to lessons I had no desire to jump in over my head, or any other place for that matter. These lessons were not in a nice, heated pool. One place was in the bay. Now salt water bays (read: Pacific Ocean) is NOT warm. Something like 52* year round. Way to cold for fun, IMHO...lol The other two were at a local lake. You could not see the bottom and there were weeds down there you could feel with your feet. It still sends shivers up my spine. <shudder> One time we HAD to jump in and I was balking, someone pushed me....I got my feet in the weeds and had to be pulled out. So when we had picnics at different swimming places I just stuck to myself and enjoyed the edges.
But how I finally did learn to swim was at my grandmothers. She lived in a tiny cabin on a lake in norther Idaho. I would stay with her for a week or so in the summer time when I young. I always wore one of the life jackets she kept in the back room so neither her nor I would worry. One day I was paddling around and having a great time in the water. I was getting tired so I paddled to where I could stand up and take off the life jacket. Well, when I took it off and 'set' it on the water...it SUNK! All that time I have been not only swimming but hauling around a waterlogged life jacket...lol
Right then I realized I could swim if I needed to.
To this day I love being AT the beach, not in the water. Besides, it's still wayyyyy tooooo cold. <brrrrr>
Anyone else like to swim???
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