I never think about swim practice as much more than practice and exercise. However, when the April sun shines high in the sky at 4:30 pm and the concrete pool deck warms up to the perfect temperature for a dog to enjoy a nap, that all changes.
The girl swam every stroke with a smile. Not just any smile; it was like Christmas morning smiles. Didn’t hurt that is was breaststroke day. And each time, a set was finished, she stood at the end of the pool instead of crouching under water.
My normal routine while she is the pool is to walk and stretch or run errands. But on the first sunny day after the pool bubble is removed, it was time to sit on deck and enjoy the sun. All of the parents had the same idea – otherwise I would not even noticed the de-bubble phenomenon.
Her face seemed to fall when the hour was completed and she had to leave the pool. Luckily, there would be many days in the next four months exactly like this one.