I finally completed my first two week session of swimming lessons Saturday. We had to reschedule several times due to the rain that keeps sweeping the plains, and I also came down with laryngitis last week. It was a bit frustrating since Oklahoma's skies are usually clear and sunny in June, and I never get sick this time of year.
I sat my last class on the deck, began going over the safety rules, and reached for one of my little round-cheeked, five year old students toes that were dangling in the water. I asked him what his favorite rule was. He proceeded to say, "Never go around the water without a mama or daddy." I praised him, splashed his little feet around in the water for a moment and started to move down the line, when he reached into his wet swimming trunks pocket. He retrieved something that was balled up in his little hand.
"Ms Jody...this is for you." he said in the sweetest little quiet voice. It was a colorful, stretchy, and slightly damp, candy necklace!
It had to be the most precious piece of jewelry I've ever received. I may not eat it, but I'm sure going to wear it!
My next session begins tomorrow. I have thirty more students scheduled for class. I can't wait to meet my new friends, and help them develop swimming skills and a love for the water. It's one of the most rewarding things I do.
Happy summer and be safe!
This is Hunter, the precious little guy who gave me the candy necklace! Made my day!!
Going over our safety rules with some of my little fishies~~
One of my little students that finally learned how to swim for the first time this week!