I hope that all of you got out there to enjoy the sun and beautiful warm temperatures we enjoyed on the long weekend.
Once again, I missed the Pride Parade (for years, I've wanted to go down and photograph... but something always seems to keep me in the west end of the city) - this year it was to enjoy an outdoor swim in Milton.
Rotary Park in Milton is a lovely outdoor 25m pool. I always manage to make friends when I'm there (or anywhere else for that matter... LOL) and yesterday was no exception.
As I finished off my swim workout, I made friends with a little girl named Julia (7 years old) - who was there with her daddy (Klaus). This little girl was amazing to watch. Her swimming still looked more like paddling and she couldn't do a whole length but she was determined to try! She was practicing flip turns. Now, personally I can't do them and have only tried a couple of times but (after much reading up on the subject) I was able to help her time her somersault in order to get the wall push-off and glide.
This little girl practiced and practiced and whenever I managed to suggest a tidbit that might help her, within 3 tries she would get it - and execute! According to a coaching source, kids are notorious for this. I still think she is a superstar. I gave her a HUGE high-5 after that :) If only I could pick things up that quickly - LOL!!
I figured she'd be tired but no - she wanted to RACE! It was SO much fun to just play with her in the water and 'race' various things like - kicking on the back with no hands - kicking on the front with no hands - breaststroke... (ok, so I waited for her and slowed myself down so she had a chance to win...) but she was such a joy to behold!
I hope that I see my new little friend again when I am at Rotary Park. It's great for us adults to remember to play in the water :)
Life is short - enjoy every moment!