Success! Athena and I spent the entire day playing in the pool at Pink Shell Beach Resort. We did absolutely nothing else, and it was spectacular. The sun was beaming overhead casting a ray of light on our day. The breeze was strong enough to keep us cool and the water was refreshing without making us cold. It was the perfect combination to allow us to stay in the pool for hours. We finally called it a day when our fingers and toes were wrinkly prunes and even then Athena tried to get a few mores minutes out of me.
Darren is working from the hotel room during the day, but he has an hour during lunch and then a few hours in the evening before Athena’s bedtime to join us for a swim. With Daddy in arm’s reach, Athena is confident in the water. She kicks her legs and doesn’t mind if she floats freely. Although Darren has to work during the day, we love our family time during breaks. It may not be much but it’s a lot more than what we’d get if he worked in an office.
My alone time with Athena is cherished as well. With the exception of a few words, Athena can’t talk yet, but I feel like she understands me better than anyone else. I talk to her like she’s an adult, sharing my thoughts and dreams whenever they come up. She laughs, smiles, and looks at me with such comprehension; I’m certain she knows more than we’d think.
I don’t know how I ever got so lucky, but she’s happy all the time. She’s ready to explore any new situation and she enters it with a smile on her face. We bought her a Swimways and I thought she’d be nervous in it, but nope, not a chance! After only a few minutes of being in the float, she was anxious to go under the waterfall and be pulled around the pool.
Our relationship and understanding of each other continues to flourish. I may be writing shorter posts this week, but you would too if you had this precious face looking back at you and a water playground at your doorstep.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.