Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's never too early for Water Safety!

“Hey honey!”

Is what I usually hear from my wife when I get home from work, and this day was no exception. I drive in to the drive way, the garage door, magically, goes up and I pull in. After I basically fall out of my ’06 Black Honda Accord, I have to go through the labyrinth, that is my garage.

“We really need to get it organized sometime soon,” I say to myself under my breathe as I squeeze by my wife’s gray and slightly filthy SUV on my way to the door to the house.

“Hey sweetie!” I say as I walk in the house. “How are you feeling?”

“Oh I am doin’ okay…” she says with no hint of sarcasm. I actually believe she is feeling okay; which is a pretty nice relief considering we have been to the hospital four times now and three of those visits on Thursdays…

“I was looking through the community newsletter,” she says on her way to the kitchen to refill her glass of water. “They are offering a ‘water safety’ class! I wanna take Mauldin.”

“Oh really,” I said. “Well, when is it? What if I wanna go too? Is it during the week? How much is it? Come on now, you can’t just say you wanna do something and not back it up with important factual content.”

“I don’t know, I just read it and wanted to do it.” She said with a longing look.

She was looking at me with her beautiful blue eyes that say… I know you will say yes… Her eyes sometimes just hypnotize me and then she wraps her arms around me and snuggles… okay.. ahem…

As you can tell she makes me forget what I am agreeing to. For example, buying stuff from her sister. Her sister Jennifer has become affiliated with “Orient Expressed.” (I think that is the name of it.) It is a line of children’s clothing… anyway she had a clothing trunk show and we ended up with a couple of swim suits from this show she had... did we need these things, no. However, she wanted them for our child… so, so be it.

But, for this particular instance…the pretty blue eyes weren’t phasing me… Probably because I was so tired and when I want to be involved I tend to be more focused.

“Alright,” I said, “find out some of the info and maybe we can get signed up!”

It wasn’t because I didn’t want to take part, to the contrary.. I wanted to! But, the way things work, well, I am impatient. My wife, Laura, precedes to head over to the couch to sit down and drink her beverage. Obviously, with it being 6 o’clock, in all likliness there will be no one to answer when we make a phone call to the number on the advertisement, but when has that ever stopped me?

“I want more information about this…” I said!

“What are you doing,” Laura retorted. “Are you…”

“Hello, I would like to sign up my son for your “Water Safety” class this June.”

Well, to make a long story short… I called, found out the information, time, place, cost, etc… because I wanted and got Mauldin signed up for the June 16th-19th “Water Safety” class! Aren’t we just ahead of the game? So ahead of the game even he is the first one on the list! I mean how hard will it be for him to learn…? Hasn’t he been swimming for, what, eight months now? Anyway, I even put in to take a ½ day off at work so I can go and participate on his first day. Look at me, such the involved father.

It will be fun to see how he reacts to the pool… I’m sure I will feel like Dory from Finding Nemo: “Just Keep Swimming… Just Keep Swimming!” Or as my nephew Drew would say, "Kick, Kick, Kick!"

11 comments:

Laura said...

Now that I know I have that kind of effect, I will use my powers more often ;) I can't wait for Mauldin's first class either. I'm sure he will be just like his Daddy and take to the water with no problems. :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to bring Everett but not for a whole week class. Mabey I can find one around here. he will be so cute in his new suits.
Mandy

Anonymous said...

You guys will love it. Ben loved his 'swimming' lessons. We had to stop when I went back to work last year, but both boys will be signed up again soon.

Have fun!
Melly : )

Laura said...

wow, water safety classes! and here i thought i could just throw the little one in the pool and that baby swimming instinct would kick in!:)

Surfer Jay said...

Yeah, when you plop him in he bobs up and down a few times under the surface, then slowly his head breaches and acts like a buoey.

Perhaps by 4 months he will be doing a quarter mile under 20.

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

Wow, you are relentless! LOL.

I loved swim class with my daughter! And so did she. AND at 2 years old, she was swimming unassisted with just a bubble and could jump into the pool by herself, swim unassisted without a bubble for short periods of time, etc. So it is WELL worth it!

Your wife and bean are gonna love it!

postulatesandpasttimes said...

Why Wait? Why not a "water birth!"

I hear that's keen!

Dawn said...

I thought I was kinda anal cuz I already researched tuition for all of the private schools offering full-day kindergarten within a 15 mile radius of our house...and I got all the info before my kid's first birthday.

You make me feel alot better about my need to plan ahead! Enjoy the water safety class!

James said...

You are really on top of things. Hopefully you will be sleeping by then. LOL! We were the same way with Lukas and got him a Library card shortly after he was born. Never too early to start em down the right course.

The Fit Dad said...

You better get that garage cleaned before the wee one arrives, otherwise it'll take like 2 years before you get it going.

Then your 2 year old will want to help and will end up making an even bigger mess than what you had before.

Just sayin'...

Eric said...

@Laura-Lets hope so.. I shouldnt of told you about my weakness...

@Mandy- They will play in the pool together soon enough...

@Melly- Was it a lot of fun?

@Laura- you'd think...

@Jay- I hope to have him in the Olympics by the age of 14...

@Petra- we're excited...

@Chris- hahaha, no. ;)

@Dawn- We are planners to the extreme.. besides... it's sorta my day job.

@James- That's a GOOD idea!

@FitDad- you do make a good point!