See it way out there?
Well the last time we visited my hometown, my oldest was 6 going on 7, and my middle, just 4.
My oldest is a good swimmer. At that age she'd had lessons once a week from April through September for years. She really wanted to get to that raft. She took the test, and viola:
Can't you almost feel her pride?
But when my middle announced that she, who had just turned 6 last month, and has not had nearly the amount of swim lessons as my eldest, was determined to pass the raft test, well, I felt somewhat anxious. I mean, if she failed it would certainly not be the end of the world. But as a parent you can't help but want your kids to succeed. I did not want to see her practice only to be told that she had to stay in the middle section for one more summer.
But practice she did, and take the test she did. She managed to swim to the rope and back the required 2 times, then to tread water for the requisite 1 minute
And to everyone's utter delight she passed.
Now we just need to get this one out of the dirt and onto the raft.