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Last night, my mother and I had an argument. Oh wait, that word sounds too strong. We didn’t exactly argue as in on a verge of a fight we just had sort of “clash of opinions” much like she’s on Team Jacob and I’m uhm, I don’t belong to any.
Last Thursday, Pristine came home with a note from the school saying they will be starting their swimming classes, in the middle of winter. Dubai – the hot desert land it may sound to some of you but really, we do have winter here. Of course it’s not as cold as the real winter but the air gets chilly. No snow, nothing of that shoveling stuff. It gets cold at early mornings and night and I suspect, it will be like this until at least the end of February.
The school’s swimming pool is located outside. Pristine told me the water will be set to warm so they won’t shiver. Fine, ok then, I gave her a go in the condition that she’ll have to take care of herself and put on a towel as soon as she gets out of the water. There are 18 kids in her class and the teacher couldn’t wrap them all in one whoosh. She nodded and looked forward to swimming. Kids are such waterbugs. So yay, she’s going swimming!
This is where my mother flared up. She insists that it will be cold, cold, cold and Pristine would get sick so it’s better not to let her swim. But how can that be? If all of her classmates are in the water, how could she not swim with them and just be on the side looking out the water and all that splashing fun? And this would happen every single Sunday as my mom wishes and until she thinks winter is over and it’s ok to participate in the swimming classes?
I thought if Pristine wouldn’t be allowed to swim, then she better not go to school on swimming days at all! In that case she wouldn’t feel left out of swimming, oh I don’t know!
It is warm on midday here at 27C, sometimes even more, if there’s no wind factor.
My stance was – I can only tell the teacher that it’s too early for swimming but the ball is in their hands. I have written on their daily journal: “Isn’t it too early for swimming? Please observe how the children are feeling afterwards.” But in the end, they will decide whether to let the children swim or not, judging in the circumstances and weather. Since my daughter is enrolled there, she needs to participate and test the waters, literally speaking. If she says that it is indeed too cold, then I will have to complain.
As soon as I finished my explanation (all hands flailing in the air – I hate how I talk when I’m upset) to my mother who was ignoring my talk while holding a Twilight book, she rolled her eyes as if saying I do not care for the welfare of my child.