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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Swimming Lessons

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Just the other day one of our sons told Pops and me about enrolling his children in swimming lessons. Since both Pops and I grew up in the same city, we both had thoughts of the huge municipal pool where our swimming days began. It had a tall diving board—my memory tells me that it was at least 12 stories high!

Well, when Pops was about five years old, his swimming instructor decided that he needed to literally take the plunge to be introduced to the water. He took Pops' small hand and together they jumped off the board. It seems like my instructor had me walk by myself up the seemingly massive ladder at the deep end of the pool. I remember chickening out at the edge of the diving board, and walking back down the ladder.

We all laughed as we thought of two little children, just like our grandchildren today, learning how to swim.

Ecclestiastes 1 tells us, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."

No matter how complicated life gets, there is a time for a child to learn to walk, and talk, and for most —swim. It's fun to reminiscence with our children and grandchildren and remind them that even grandparents were once children themselves.

How did you learn how to swim? Have you ever talked with our grandchild about this?

Have a great weekend,
co-author of The Grand Connection: 365 Ways to Connect with Your Grandchild's Heart

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