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“I Don’t Need You, Daddy!”

June 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Kaylee has been taking swimming lessons at the RAC for the past couple of weeks.  It’s a parent-child kind of thing, with both of us in the water.  We play games, learn about different ways to encourage the kids to feel comfortable in the water, and generally have a good time.

Kaylee was in rare form tonight.  The teacher put out some noodles for us to use and within a few minutes, Kaylee was swimming by herself.  I was a little nervous about my 2 1/2 year-old, but she insisted that I not hold on to her while she clung to the noodle and propelled herself around the pool by kicking her legs.  Over and over again, she kept saying “I don’t need you, Daddy!”  It wasn’t dismissive or mean.  It was a cry of triumph and I couldn’t have been more proud.  I knew she was really happy when she suddenly blurted out, “I love you, Daddy.”

Once we finished playing with the noodles, it was time to jump off the side of the pool into the water.  Kaylee really likes this.  But after a few jumps, she seemed to lose interest.  I couldn’t figure out what she was trying to do at first.  She laid down on her belly at the pool edge and then kicked her legs out and slid right into the water while holding onto the edge.  I started to grab her but it was clear that she was in control and didn’t want any help.  Next thing I knew, she pushed off with her legs and shot back through the water into my arms.  We did that five or six times, with me putting her out of the pool so she could slip back in and push off.  The teacher came over and complemented me on getting her to do this but I had to admit that it had all been her idea.

All in all, it was quite an evening.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aurora // Jun 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Kaylee is at least a little more eloquent in telling you she’s having fun. Adele told me this morning “I’d be sad if you died in a fire” as her way of letting me know she thought I was being fun.

  • 2 Donovan // Jul 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Wow. I’m not sure how I’d take that. 🙂

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