I'm not sure Eleanor is going to win any awards from swim lessons this summer. Perfect attendance, maybe. It's not quite the idyllic memory maker that I had dreamed up in my head. We're making memories, that's for sure, but they include how cute she is in her Minnie Mouse swim suit and how she HAS to stop and sit on the bench on our way into the aquatic center.
I'm reminded of when Alex (and eventually Emma) first started physical therapy. The therapists were asking them to do things that weren't easy or comfortable for them and there was resistance. While part of my momma heart wanted a therapist that was gentle and comforting, the biggest part of me wanted them to have a therapist that was firm, encouraging, and willing to push them just far enough to reach their own potential. Love on them. Yes, please. Love on them, but be firm and effective. Cheryl. I wanted Cheryl. She wasn't (and still isn't!) a softie that was agreeable to doing the bare minimum and letting kiddos get away with not even trying. Hey Cheryl, if you ever tire of pediatric physical therapy, please come be Eleanor's swim instructor!
Though this class isn't all I hoped it would be, I don't think it's a total waste. I mean, she really did enjoy the sucker they gave her after today's class :-)
Other stuff... my garden is growing like crazy. I discovered cucumber beetles a couple of weeks ago and I'm afraid they have already done too much damage to the cucumber plant. My understanding is that their real damage comes from bacteria that they introduce to the plant that results in this...
The tomato plants are doing fairly well. I have some small fruit growing, but nothing ripe just yet. (I had to buy tomatoes at the store on Monday and it hurt to give them money for something I know I'll have an abundance of very soon.) They aren't growing quite a big as they were by this time last year, but I rotated beds this year and they are in the bed that doesn't get quite as much sun. They are still growing and I think that the shade will help them last longer as the summer heat really takes hold.