May 12th 2011 7:37 am
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One day Aunt Savvy decided that the girls needed a swimming lesson. She herself was a champion swimmer in her youth and still loved to take a dip in the farm pond after a warm day of baking.
So on a hot summer day, she told the girls to get their swimsuits and towel because it was time they learned water safety. While they got ready she fixed a nice picnic snack of warm biscuits and honey along with some strawberry jam that she had put up the summer before.
Soon Zipper and Buttons came running down in their little gingham swimsuits. Zipper has a fluffy pink towel and Buttons had a blue one. It was hard not to run around with excitement, but Aunt Savvy had them walk, holding her paws as they made their way across the field to the pond. On the promise of some picnic lunch, Dad Samoa had offered to carry the picnic basket and he followed along behind. "Could be a good place to spot a varmint!" he said. Aunt Savvy told him to quit peeking in the basket.
Finally they got to the pond and Dad sat in the shade with a bottle of lemonade and rested while Aunt Savvy took Buttons and Zipper into the shallows and demonstrated some swim strokes. Then she held a paw under Zipper while the pup tried to paddle. The water churned and churned, but when Aunt Savvy took her paw away, Zipper started to sink!
Buttons had been waiting on the bank, and without thinking she jumped in to help Zipper. She splashed and chugged her way over and grabbed Zipper around the middle. Together they splashed and wiggled and then noticed that Aunt Savvy was laughing.
"You are swimming!" she said. "Not very well, but you are - now lets work on style."
And so they had a lesson and by the end of it they could dog paddle AND swim underwater just a bit!
Then they wrapped up in their warm towels and ate biscuits and honey under the tree. Swimming was hard work!
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Great fun !!