We spent today by the pool with the family, partying at my parents house even though my parents were in Buffalo for the weekend.
It was gorgeous out today. Blue sky, fluffy white clouds, no humidity and a wonderful, crisp breeze. We barbecued, went out for Italian ices (I had FDNY Cherry, which has tiny little bits of chopped maraschinos in it) and just enjoyed the company of each other.
Milestone reached today: DJ finally got up the courage to swim underwater. He has been "learning" to swim for several years. Like his mother, he has an unnatural fear of water. However, unlike his mother, he has worked to overcome that fear.
See, when I was about six, my father decided that the best way to teach me how to swim was to just throw me in the pool. Not only did that not teach me how to swim, it made me vow to never go near the pool again as long as my father was in the backyard. It took me several years after that to teach myself how to swim and to this day, I don't particularly enjoy it.
So DJ spend the past few summers watching cousins much younger than him jump fearlessly off the diving board into the deep end of the pool. I decided to let him go at his own pace rather than pushing the issue (we took a stab at swimming lessons when he was two, but his constant screaming frightened the other toddlers and we were all but banned from the place).
This summer, he has finally met the challenge he set for himself. He began to swim towards the center of the pool, rather than just hanging on to the edge. As he gained confidence with that, he slowly but surely began to submerge himself under the water, learning how to hold his breath and blow out his nose.
And today, finally, he swam like the proverbial fish under water. He claims it was all because of the goggles.
So that's where I was all day. And it was a good one.