I know too well how it ebbs when it’s not nourished.
So I bought our plane tickets, reserved a hotel, made arrangements with a dive shop, and then Hurricane Irma made her landing, and we waited for weeks to know if our trip could still happen.
So giving her props for diving while trying to coach her on better control in her swimming is a delicate dance.
The benefit of Simone’s rapid emptying of her tank wasn’t clear to me until our final dive.
Speaking of mustaches, I took mine and Simone down to the Florida Keys over Thanksgiving week for a bit of diving and a ton of seafood.
I was actually concerned that my scuba mask wouldn’t seal well over the lip monster, but it was fine.
The next morning, after a Waffle House breakfast, we found Simone a lycra bodysuit (recommendation from a close friend of mine), and that afternoon she was able to slip the rented wetsuit right on without fuss or stress.
During these stressful times, while she awaits early application responses from her two top schools, I want to do anything I can to help keep her confidence high.It’s something I try to remind her of, how that initial dissonance and discomfort goes away fairly quickly, once she warms to whatever it is she’s working on.This is all very much on my mind, because Simone applied “early action” to her two favorite colleges and they’re both highly selective.We ended up putting away a pound or two of stone crab claws at a picnic table outside a fish market before meandering down the Keys in our little car and taking in the sights.When we found a state park full of coral fossils exposed in a defunct quarry, Simone geeked out for an hour, using a laminated guidebook from the ranger’s office to explain to me what we were looking at.