Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Swimming Memories!

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the water...swimming especially. My mom told me when I was little I went walking into the lake and kept on going, my mom had to come running after me fully clothed.

I remember swimming lessons and every summer I would LIVE at the pool! We eventually bought a summer home and when we were there, I would walk down to the lake everyday. On hot summer evenings me and my mom would go for "dips". We would walk down for about an hour and swim. When we moved into our summer home, we continued our routine of nightly dips. I don't recall my brother and sister wanting to go.

Maddie has taken to water like a fish just as I did. I live about a mile and a half from a nice lake/beach. The weather has been hot and humid lately so every night, we put our suits on and go for "dips".

We have been enjoying are time at the beach. Maddie has taken to collecting rocks...yes rocks. She brings home 2 or 3 and puts them in her rock jar. She loves doing this, so I let her, but honestly some are no different than the ones you would find in a parking lot, but whatever. Through our adventures, I have only one tiny complaint. I'm the type of person who can sit in a mosquito invested bog with mosquito's the size of pterodactyls and not come home with a mosquito bite. They just don't like me. Fish however, seem to love to nibble on me. I know that they are only blue gills/sun fish , but I jump out of my skin every time one takes a crack at me...yesterday was the worst, I actually looked down and saw one following me. I know I'm exaggerating a bit when I use the term "feeding frenzy" but jeez already!


suz said...

Oh my...sounds like fun memories in the making for you and Maddie.
The fish thing....freaks me out too.
This is why I avoid the ocean. I only go in knee deep. Fish are scary to me, even the small ones.
Biting fish? Even scarier.

lizziebelle said...

i love rock collecting. i had a great collection in elementary school, my dad bought me this tin tackle box and i lined it with velvet ribbon and collected tons of rocks. get her a rock tumbler for her birthday! it will rock her world (i hate myself for just making that pun. i hate puns ewwwww)

karengberger said...

The fish nibbling would freak me out, too.
I love your memories of your time swimming alone with your mom; those are treasures, for sure. It's lovely that you and Maddie are keeping that tradition going.
By the way, Katie loved rocks, too. She would spend lots of time on my parents' (rock) bulkhead, collecting bits of quartz and sparkly stones. My dad called it her "office."
Bless you and your sweet girl.

Smileygirl said...

Ok those fish are totally freaky! They are like sharks! I think I'd take the mosquito bites over fish nibbles. Not sure though.

Summer sounds like it's treating both you and Maddie very well. Enjoy every moment...