The kids had their first official swimming lessons today. Both are quite scared, but they are trying so hard! The instructor kept saying to Seth,
"Now, we're going to do......."
He clung to her, white knuckled, and just kept saying,
OMG he is so sweet. Terrified but remembering his manners.
Riley was very brave too. So brave.
The instructor would do something with her, Riley would freak, the instructor would stop, and ask Riley..."Who's in control?"
Her point was that Riley was in control. They could go in little tiny baby steps until Riley felt secure.
"I am," she finally had her saying.
Then, Riley would start to get ramped up, and the instructor would say in a very gentle voice,
"Before you scream,can I just......?"
Riley would actually stop in mid "fight or flight," and listen to the suggestion. It was incredible.
Sometimes angels arrive in little red one piece life guard suits.