Swimming. I don't know how to swim. I've never learned. I used to be able to doggy paddle but somehow I became more concerned with water getting in my ears, eyes, and nose than learning to swim and gave it up entirely. Most people float naturally, I sink naturally. I was declared dead by one enthusiastic swimming teacher in eighth grade because i sink like a rock.
Now Justin on the other hand, is like a fish. He loves water and almost all water sports. To him there is absolutely nothing frightening about jumping into the deep unknown, swimming with eyes open and nose unplugged. To me, thats suicide. Certainly not something FUN. I gave up on swimming a long time ago but the one thing that brings me back is my competitive nature. How can I NOT do this when everyone else, even toddlers, CAN!
So this summer I've been practicing. Every time Justin gives me lessons I get addlepated with embarassment because I feel silly not knowing how AND...swimming gets water in your face! However, Justin's patiently taught me the beginning and I've been going out on my own in water up to my shoulders to practice. I pretend I'm invisible and flounder around above water about 30 seconds at a time and feel like an absolute olympian for it! I know its not much but its SOMETHING and I'm excited!! I can actually tread water and swim about 10 feet at a time withOUT panicking. (after the 10 feet I definitely panic because I'm breathing hard which means I'm tired which means I'll give out and drown! Of course.) AND, I have gone under the water several times and while under, released my death grip on my nose! I didn't even drown. Water does not automatically push into your lungs and suffocate you if you don't inhale! I didn't know this.
I even have pictures to prove my baby steps in the water!
Staring death in the face.
My first attempt at an underwater photo 1 month ago.
Me on Sunday! Yay! Look how much I've improved!
And check this out, even smiling. I was concentrating on not breathing in, thats of course my natural response to having my head underwater, but i faked a smile of sorts.
And just for variety, here's Grace. Hot isn't she?
And this is the only one we got of Sally...oops. Well thats her hair anyway. Nice evil eyebrows.
Justin and his brother Nathan. These two are part seal.
I'm under water? No problem, I'll just breathe with my gills.
The man can even pose angelically under H2O.
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