Monday, April 7, 2008

Swimming and earphones

Today was the first day of Carolin's new swimming class. She's in the seahorse level at the University here in town. It was so strange walking through the locker room with her, Felix on my arm, and having memories from two very different periods of my life flash through my head. The older of the memories came from the days when I first started learning to swim at BSU in a class with my brother and my cousin. We would all shower in a group, then chatter out teeth across the slippery tiles to stand in the gutter next to the pool and await our turn to jump in to the waiting arms of the instructor and start swimming. Although I was even at a very young age a quite timid kid, I remember looking at the tall strong teachers and thinking they were the most wonderful people in the world, and swimming must be one of life's great accomplishments, because "hey look what I can do!" The other memory was from at least a decade later when I worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA and all the instructors were my buddies. In the break room we would compare notes about the fact that the parents where both horribly meddlesome in trying to tell the instructors how to teach their children how to swim, and appallingly negligent in watching to see that their children did not drown, when they were not in lessons. As far as Carolin's experience went, I think it will take her another session or two to fully warm up to the very sweet teachers Kristina, and Coco, but I imagine that after that she will have a marvelous time with all the other Seepferdchen.
As Carolin was in the pool area, Felix and I were banished to the locker room (they figured out the meddlesome parent problem over here), and I was trying to figure out what to do to keep him entertained. As I had my ipod for me, I decided to entertain him with what is now the ol' mouth-as-improvised-speakers trick, that I learned sitting around with a group of particularly bored Gutenberg students in my living room (i.e. Erin, Molly, Noah, and co) on the night of it's discovery. If you've never tried it, this is a fun experiment in itself as you basically end up using the resonating power of you mouth to amplify the sound coming out of the tiny earbuds, but today it was particularly hilarious because of Felix's reaction. He has heard me sing multiple times every single day, so the boy is very familiar with the range and style of my voice, but he was utterly confounded by the drum, guitar, and male vocals that were issuing from my mouth. I wish I had had a camera along with me so that I could have captured his expression, but just imagine extreme bewilderment on the face of an adorable ten month old, and you've got it.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

That's hilarious! I can imagine his confusion and bewilderment.

teal! said...

That is so awesome that they call it the seahorse level! (what are the other levels called?)

nice work being innovative in your entertaining....

Valerie said...

Sarah- yeah, it was pretty funny. He's at a really interesting stage where you can watch him figure things out on his face, and hilarity usually ensues.
Teal- I can't remember the other names at the moment, as the only two swim classes I am familiar with are Seahorse and mommy/baby swim, but I'll try to remember to tell you when I figure it out.

K. A. Wallace said...

that is so cute :) we have funny names for our classes in Canada too. Like tadpole and bullfrog and stuff like that.

And I do love the head phones trick.

Mm said...

Mm's on a roll. Having just figured out my password and ID (I just commented on your April 1 blog)I am eager to comment on this before I lose them again.
So that story got me busted at work. I couldn't stop chuckling and, hard as it is to believe, typing reports on stock performance is not usually that funny, so my wandering off task was easily detected.
There goes my raise.

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