by Doris (aka Grandma Yoder)
The heat of 90+ degrees has made the lake a delightful and refreshing attraction, even to Ryan, who has been a little timid in the water. By the 2nd day here, Luke began running the long length of the dock and jumping into the lake…(oh, yeah, but he would stop and carefully consider the scene just before jumping, just to make sure Grandpa was there ready to catch him). Somehow that run up the dock helped create courage or drama, not sure which, likely a bit of both. A huge display of bravado covers up the little child for a few seconds. Actually, though, he made a dramatic improvement in becoming so much more comfortable in the water and if the weather stays warm, he is going to get braver and crazier. He was jumping in and going completely under sometimes with just standby encouragement from Grandpa and then finally with me just watching from the dock since Grandpa was busy doing other things around the dock area. Luke can touch the bottom and gets around with much splashing, half paddling with his arms, churning with his feet, and pushing along the bottom.
Ryan has all these big plans and runs along the dock as well and then mostly stops and stays right on the steps. But he surprised Grandpa with this first jump, Grandpa was not expecting it but he did manage to keep Ryan from an unexpected dousing.