Even the sound of splashing delights Calvin. Whenever I turn the faucet on and the stream of water gushes out he gets all happy and excited. Maybe, since I swam often when I was pregnant—and perhaps on some visceral level—he remembers the gentle rocking and sloshing in utero.
When Calvin's class visits the college pool weekly he dons a little purple "warm belly"—a polypropylene wetsuit shorty—and happily frolics around in his caretaker's arms until he gets covered in goosebumps. And last summer, Calvin felt for the first time, the warm, soothing ocean waves lapping over his body. He seemed enchanted by the surf as it swept over him and buoyed him up; he giggled and laughed and was visibly surprised—though not upset—by the very salty taste.
I'd like to think that one day Calvin could learn to float or dog paddle at the very least. The water seems to give him such a sense of freedom and pleasure. Maybe he'll take after his mama and swim like some kind of fish. Who knows?
|photo by Michael Kolster