The swimming pool that I work at is mostly a positive place. I mostly
However, unfortunately can't always be the case. That's partly because there always seems to be someone ready to pick an argument with you. Whether that be an angry member who isn't happy that the swimming lessons take up to much of the pool, a pushy parent who is upset that their child can't swim like an Olympic champion yet or a selfish colleague not considering how their actions are affecting me and my lessons and not liking it when I tell them. Most of the time I try to avoid these arguments as best I can, but sometimes it simply doesn't appear possible.
That's why working with children is so wonderful. Just when you're feeling a bit negative because of a disagreement with your colleague that has left a bad atmosphere hanging over the whole pool, a small child will do or say something so utterly brilliant that you can't help but smile.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post called 'Kids say the funniest things' where I shared some of the hilarious things that the children I teach had recently said to me. If you haven't read it, you can do so HERE. I will definitely do a full follow up some time soon. I hear so many wonderful things on a daily basis that it could easily become a regular thing.
But let me tell you what happened earlier this week. I was at the pool and I was teaching a group of 3 and 4 year olds. One of my group had recently changed from group lessons to 1:2:1 lessons and so there was a space in the group. Unbeknown to me, my boss had filled the gap with a very cute young boy who had never done independent classes before. Which inevitably led to a few tears and a reluctance to join in with a few of the activities but all in all he did very well.
At the end of the lesson I was telling his father just this, that he was a little behind the other children in the group and he had asked for daddy a couple of times, however he didn't get too upset and I thought that it would be a good idea for him to continue in that lesson. And that's when it happened!
I am in the water. The father is crouched down comforting his son and having this conversation with me, when a little girl who had been in the lesson - and was waiting for her nanny to come and collect her - did the utterly brilliant thing that painted my face with a giant smile.
So what I haven't told you until now, is that the man was hairy. Like he was topless but it looked like he was wearing a woolly jumper hairy! The think hair literally covered his entire upper body and so as I stood talking to him, this little girl stood next to him and stroked his shoulder as though he was a cute little puppy haha! It was so funny that - although I managed not to laugh into the man's face - it managed to put a wide smile upon my chops for the rest of the night.
Thank you little girl, that smile was much needed and much appreciated. Even if you didn't realise that you were doing anything funny!