Swimming

Now, a child who’s never been in a swimming pool . . . You know, it’s a very questionable thing to step into a swimming pool … all the way down those steps at the shallow end. Your body FEELS so different. First TIME you go into the water, the water reaches your chest level, you come to discover it’s difficult to breathe. You haven’t got the ordinary body pressures. Got a new set of pressures. And, ducking UNDER the water … oh that’s terrifying. Yet you can get kids to bob for apples in the bathtub. And pretty soon the kids will be so desperate they’ll grab a hold of an apple and force it down to the bottom of the tub and get a good grip on it. And get over their fear of having their head under water. They assume they were only playing a game . . . they were learning.

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