Cassie: In California you had a boy swim teacher.
Genevieve: I was too little to know but I think I remember that I didn’t like him. Yeah. He wasn’t good at all.
Cassie: Okay. Okay. It’s just that there don’t seem to be a lot of female lifeguards who are also giving lessons at the pool this year. Every time I inquire, the three female lifeguards are all booked up with lessons, like for weeks in advance.
Genevieve: How come? Is there a policy?
Cassie: A policy?
Genevieve: Yeah. Like only boys can be lifeguards and teachers?
Cassie: No. It’s just how it worked out this year. And your teacher from last year has another job and isn’t working at the community pool this summer. She already texted me back.
Genevieve: My plan’s not going to work. I need to know how to swim for real THIS summer. (pause) When did you learn how to swim?
Cassie: I think when I was seven or eight. Maybe even later.
Genevieve: Who taught you?
Cassie: My Aunt Pat. She swam with my brother and me every day at my Grandma and Grandpa’s pool. I was definitely a late bloomer on swimming. Uncle Jay and all my cousins learned at a pretty early age. Jay was very physical; he never stopped moving until he went to sleep at night. So, of course, he got the swimming trick down easily. Also riding a bike….extremely quick to pick that up as well.
Genevieve: I already know how to ride a bike.
Cassie: Yes, you do.
Genevieve: When did Max and Chloe learn to swim?
Cassie: I don’t know if I remember exactly. They had lessons at the YMCA which Chloe did not like at all.
Genevieve: Why? How come she didn’t like it?
Cassie: She didn’t like having swimming lessons with a whole group of other kids. Also the teacher, one time, was male.
Genevieve: See? She wanted a girl too.
Cassie: Yes. Anyway, I don’t think Max or Chloe nailed it with swimming until six or seven years old.
Genevieve: And Charlie?
Cassie: Late bloomer.
Genevieve: How late?
Cassie: I don’t know. Eight, I think.
Genevieve: Yeah. I need a teacher right away. I gotta learn how to swim before I turn eight. You have to find me a teacher, Mom.
Cassie: I’ll do my best.