The golden tips have started to slowly take over the kids’ hair. The tans on their toes, already lightly spotted from their favorite shoes, evidence of a weekend in the blazing sun. On my way home from London, I was left with a few wide-awake hours to map
my existence the next few weeks of our schedules. The kids hardly go to school in June. And Oak’s birthday is just two weeks away. I’m also pausing the booktour run for a slower pace that that often arrives with the Brooklyn heat.
While questions and answers about leaving home now take shape, with a birthday imminent, a family desire for even more experiences in lieu of gifts only leans itself into our summer bucket list.
If, Oak gets less gifts, and more opportunities and challenges to do things, then as a result we get more time to do things. Besides traveling, the top of my bucket list happens to be actually swimming in the water with the kids. I don’t swim, really. Actually, I don’t swim much at all. I’m not embarrassed of it. And historically speaking, there are many reasons why black people don’t swim. And while I’m sure they still count for 29 year old me, there was this tangible fragility of life born with River, and by default large bodies of water became part of that.
I always get in the water and I’m always eager to splash around. I am the rock for climbing. My arms are often hanging poles for crashing waves in the sinking sand. But 5 and 8 1/2 feels like a good time to not only make sure they also get to learn to swim a bit better, but to make sure I do it with them.
How’s your bucket list looking?
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What a wonderful thing to learn in the summer with your kids! I think that is awesome and like most kids, we tend to relearn every summer. They will love to learn with their mama.
Thank you, Monica!
Wonderful. In Sweden you learn to swim, that how it always was anyway. When I and my parents were kids, in the lakes or the sea during the often cold and rainy Swedish summers. My kids learn in the indoor pool. My oldest contimuing and now competing, doing several hours of swimming with her swimming club every week. Me or my husband swimming for exercise during her trainings since she is not old enough to get to the training alone. However, swimming is a hot topic here. Especially since we live in a part of the city with lots of immigrants and people with low incomes. Swimming lessons are now free for kids in this city since it is considered so important to learn to swim and not everyone can afford it.
Thanks Maria for sharing!! Yes, i’m NYC as well, it’s a pretty big deal. And there are many conversations around the why people don’t learn or can’t- it is a nuanced topic. The kids actually learned in an indoor pool as well! And i think i’d do best getting footing in a lake or some sort. I definitely can, but it’s kind of like, I lost it after being pretty much being afraid of it many years ago. And I think i kind of learned just from wading around after some time.
anyway, it’s just one of those tricky things, and I’m eager to learn again with them, and push them further to be more comfortable and swim in water as well this summer.