Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Pool at the End of the Rainbow (or, Jordy's First Swim)

Introducing Guest Blogger, Daddy Turnip!

Behind the scenes of The Camel Diaries: JR's stylist makes a last minute adjustment while his mentor gives him a few encouraging words before another grueling shoot.

The air of excitement you can see from this photo was in anticipation of an historic event: today was Jordy's first swim ever. Lucky for Jordy, in his Kong Kong he has his very own professional swimming coach. You can see he is already practicing his stroke with fingers positioned for maxium aerodynamics (hydrodynamics? Hydromatic?)

The anticipation built while we waited for a thunder and lightening storm to pass. Mum, Dad and Grandparents studied the sky intensely as the storm went from little rain drops on the pool, to a thunderous deluge, and back to little drops. Being half-Kiwi, this weather waiting did not phase Jordy, but his swim team were back and fourth like weather vanes in a cross-wind. I am not exaggerating when I say that Jordy and the last drops of rain entered the pool at the same time.

And here he is in his new world of water. You can see his new yellow swim shorts (it was supposed to be his new swim-nappies but they performed one of their dual functions shortly before the swim.) You can also see his natural bouyancy. And his lovely Mum. It was a very happy occasion.

Is it just me or is this bath really, really, big? He seemed a little unsure at first, but it wasn't long before he was smiling and kicking.

He studied the water as intently as we had watched the rain. Was he thinking of all the new possibilities such a large bath opened up?

A rainbow for Jordy's first swim.


maree said...

And look at the wee "pot" of gold at the end of the rainbow!

JY said...

Such a cute picture of you and Jordy in your swimmers!