Zoë Flips Out!

Our pool closes for the season this Monday, Labor Day.  I know five little kids that are really going to miss it.  We started the summer pasty white and timid.  Afraid of uncertainty.  Buoyancy was a foreign concept.  Swimming strokes like the overhand crawl, the breast stroke and back stroke were skill concepts seemingly impossible to master.

Constant exposure and repetition built confidence.  Fingers loosed their grip from the reassuring security of the pool edge and children dared venture into the vast unknown.  We had lessons.  We played.  We splashed.  We lived at the pool this summer and my children have reaped the benefits.

It has been difficult to get to the pool this past week with school having started.  A cool front also made it’s way into town and seems to have lingered, yesterday’s high temperatures nearing 74 degrees.  But Tuesday before the cool weather arrived, we hit the pool.  I’m glad we did.

Zoë, who has been struggling with a proper dive all summer long, decided she was going to try a front flip.  No urging or coaching.  She just stepped up onto the diving board and announced, “I’m gonna do a flip!”  And then proceeded to do it.  She smacked a couple of times but undaunted, kept going back.  A few pointers and some minor adjustments and the girl had it down.

As fortune would have it–I had my camera.  This was taken after her initial rounds of 4 or 5 practices.  As you will see, her confidence literally exploded.  Oh, and she’s not particularly camera shy, either.

We will certainly miss going to the pool.

  15 comments for “Zoë Flips Out!

  1. Aug 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Love it! I know what it’s like to have the pleasure of seeing your children grow to be brave and sassy! Totally loved the “warm up!”

  2. Aug 29, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    How sad. Can we rewind time to relive the summer? When I was a kid I’d spend one month every summer living in a pool (8+ hours a day EVERY day) 🙂 Good Stuff!!

    Happy Rockin’ Friday!! 🙂

  3. Jodi
    Aug 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I have been reading you now for a bit but have yet to comment. First off, excellent stupid human trick yesterday! Bravo!

    Zoe has mad skillz! Good for her!

  4. Aug 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Loved the warm up, very funny!

  5. Aug 29, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I see a gold medal in her future.

    By the way, it was 106 here yesterday. I would LOVE to feel 74. It seems like it’s been forever.

  6. Aug 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I’m nostalgic for summer already. Zoe – London 2012, that’s all I can say.

  7. Aug 29, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Could she possibly be any cuter?

  8. amy
    Aug 30, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I give it a 9.6.
    What a little cutie she is! And could you send that cold front down here? It was 100 degrees today.

  9. MGM
    Aug 30, 2008 at 3:25 am

    IMPRESSIVE! Love the proud Dad laugh in the background as well!

    She reminds me so much of my little girl when she does her “I’m all that” little warm up wiggle thing.

    Sweet way to end the summer!!

    (btw, my kids are still begging to see your stupid human trick yet AGAIN!)

  10. Aug 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    That was awesome! Clare has been working on diving and I called her to watch too.

    My father-in-law closes his pool on Tuesday too. Even if it’s cool we’re going in this weekend. I’ve had to lower some standards this summer because of the cool weather–I now consider 70 degrees warm enough to swim.

  11. Aug 31, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Like it?! I LOVED it! Terrific job. I also loved listening to Daddy’s laugh. Good times…

  12. Aug 31, 2008 at 3:07 am

    That is so great. Love her “warm up” routine. She gets that outgoing personality from her mom, right?

  13. Aug 31, 2008 at 4:10 am

    Wow, she’s got it going on, that girl! Go Zoe!

    And that pool looks fantastic and also very uncrowded. Bonus!

  14. PG
    Sep 3, 2008 at 6:20 am


    Hell, last time I tried something like that my back was red for days.

  15. Sep 4, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Ah, seasons changing and all that.

    Man, I still can’t do a flip without breaking my backside half the time.

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