Another quick update!
My summer job is nearly over, which makes me sad, but that means the start of school is getting closer! The fact that next August, I will be preparing to go to university is absolutely petrifying... so I am going to try and enjoy this year as much as possible.
A summary on my job is up first!
I adore the people I work with, although our manager lately hasn't been too friendly... particularly towards myself. That aside, I still think this is the best summer job I could possibly have, and it's so rewarding.
This past session was not as busy, but I loved all the kids I swam with. First half hour block was a five year old girl who wasn't a huge fan of the water. I actually had swam with her last year, and her mom told me how she had been hoping for the same lifeguard this summer. By the end, she was doing back glides without her noodles and was even starting to swim by herself! She gave me the most adorable card on the last day that said "I love you" on the front and she had written the alphabet on the inside.
Second half hour block was a young boy with autism, and although he was a handful, we had success doing back glides and attempting some floats. He was completely and totally fearless, and on the first day, he managed to run down to the deep end and jump in... although I got to him within a second after. For the following lessons, we had one guard on each side of the pool to catch him if he tried running again.
The third half hour block was a three year old girl, and for the first week, she was very reserved and didn't like doing things unless her older sister did them first. When she came back the next week, I could've sworn somebody replaced her with another child! She was super loud and funny which made swimming with her so much fun.
The last half hour block was a young boy with down syndrome, and I seriously adored him. He always comes to public swim with his brother, who is one of our "regulars", and he took a huge liking to me. He would always come sit on my lap if they came early or if he and his brother were the only ones at the pool on a rainy day. As far as the lessons went, he always picked things up very quickly... although whenever I showed him a front float, he'd try jumping on my back to get a piggy back ride.
So all in all, I think this was my favourite summer, and I'm hoping that I can teach all of them again next year.
And now for a horse update!
I am really getting a horse fever lately, and have been browsing the CANTER website more than I'd like to admit. Another horse is far off in the future, but my dad did say that when that time comes, he would help me out... but if I end up going down my desired career path, it probably won't be necessary.
I didn't make it to my riding lesson last night because I had to work, but last week's lesson went well!
We ended up riding the horses in the pony pasture, because it was relatively hot out and the new outdoor hunter derby ring was rained out earlier that day. Major had a bit of spunk in him and threw numerous crow hops and a couple bucks, but Laura said I rode him very well. Honestly, it was probably my best ride in awhile and I genuinely enjoyed my lesson.
I do often think of how much fun I would be having with Indie and what it'd have been like to take her on a trail ride, but I try not to let myself get too down about it because I know I made the most of the little time we did have and that I took great care of her.