All About Alliya
A Story to Share about A Girl, Her Family & Her Friends
By: filah ismail

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Saturday, 30-Aug-2008 06:09 Email | Share | Bookmark
Living Skill Learnt - II

first splash..
deep breath..
floating again...
getting the kicker..
view underneath..
in between...
June 2008

This is a skill... shared by Alliya and her dad (again!! ) which is swimming. Alliya was exposed to swimming since she was a few months old. We even bought a 'time share' just so that we can take her for a dip in the pool at respectable resorts during weekends and holidays... assuming that the resorts are doing a good job in maintaining their pools. She really enjoys splishing and splasing in the cool water. She almost mastered and felt confident in the water when she was just 3 years old.

But this activity had to be stopped since she was diagnosed with leukemia (refer to especially swimming in a public pool. We were being very cautious about this since public swimming pool is an easy way for bacterias to be shared among swimmers. Even though she protested our decisions at first, eventually she accepted it.

Almost 6 years has past (since her treatments) and recently when we moved into our new dwelling (a condo with a pool), she requested to swim again. We agreed to let her swim again with precautions i.e. she's not suppose to swallow the pool water etc. At first she was very scared with the water and resorted to swimming in the children's pool only. Her dad tried to build her confident in swimming but most of the time she will be clinging to her dad. So she has been acting this way for the past few months and we also did not push her to do things that she's not ready.

But somehow, out of the blue.. she's said she's ready to be left alone in the adults pool (with her kickers and floaters). And in just a few seconds her confident level was up and she was kicking and splashing in the adult's pool. The only problem now is, she doesn't have friends to play with her in the pool especially when it's not school holidays.

p/s these pictures were taken with our Olympus 795sw (water proof up to 10m deep)

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