Later in the afternoon, I went to watch Mas swim at school. He had 4 little styrofoam squares (about 6 X 6 inches) strapped to his back. He was dancing around in the 3 foot, and I was watching him and visiting with his teacher, the aides, and the adaptive aquatics instructor that was there. All of the sudden, Mas started S W I M M I N G to the 4 foot....then the 5 foot....then the 6, 7, and 8 foot! I gasped and asked the teacher if it was okay for him when he reached the 5 foot...she said, "He swims to the end of the pool all the time in the last 4-5 weeks!" (WHAT?) How cool is that?! He swam to the 8 foot, climbed on top of a floating mat, then rolled off into the water, dunked his head under water with his MOUTH CLOSED, and then proceeded to swim back to the 3 foot. I was dumbfounded. It was crazy! I have never seen him doing anything like that in the water....even though I have worked and worked on getting him to use his arms and legs for a really long time, I've never seen him do it. It was incredible. After I recovered a modicum of composure, I asked him if he could swim to the red mat again. And he did. Yeah, a B I G day for us, all around the board! He looked like a normal kid in the water while he was swimming, and it was almost surreal to watch him and think, is that Mas?! SO bizarre!
It was a much needed infusion of GOOD NEWS that we were needing, and we are feeling very thankful about it today. I plan to ride the high of Friday as long as it will let me!