Sunday, July 5, 2009

Feats and Phobias

This is strange to me.

My goofy husband can design space craft, knows how to fly a plane and do crazy loop-de-loops, is more articulate than anyone I know, and yet he can't swim. Until now.

He has had hydrophobia from when he was a little boy. He nearly drowned at the beach, so ever since then he has been scared to go into deep water. But this weekend he finally learned how to swim! First he learned to dog-paddle, which was such a big feat for him that it made me teary-eyed. I know it sounds funny, because little 2-year-olds can even do it - but I was so proud of him. And now he is learning how to swim freestyle. He's got the arm-strokes down pat, but just needs to learn how to kick properly. It's so cute - when he kicks, he stirs up a huge splash, like little kids do when they're learning how to swim with a kickboard.

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(He would sooo hate that I put these photos up, don't tell him!)
I really don't have any phobias. The closest thing that I have to that kind of thing is my fear of being stung by a bee or a wasp. And my fear of throwing up. I haven't thrown up since I was thirteen years old, so I have built it up in my head to be this huge ordeal. Ridiculous, I know!

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Is there anything that you are scared of, even though you know it's silly?

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57 comments:

rachellovespeace said...

aww cute story. you must be so proud. <3
love your illustrations!

Kaye Prince said...

Yes it was Canada Day on the first; we didn't do much of anything since a large number of Toronto's city workers are on strike right now and almost all events were cancelled.

Yay for Brian learning how to swim! I don't have any phobias now but for the longest time I was scared of dogs because of an incident with a great dane when I was three. It took awhile to get over that but now I love them!

frannie said...

I swear, you have the cutest blog ever! I can stay and peruse all day, that's the comfy vibe that you give. :D

How cute! Learning to swim. I'm not so much of a grand swimmer myself, so I could stand to learn some more! Congrats to him!! Mastering the fear! hehe

Hmm what am I scared of...roaches!! I freak when I see those things. *heebeejeebees* Wackala!!

art4friends said...

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SK said...

I'm glad he's learning how to swim! It's such a great way to exercise and have fun during the summer. I hope he's enjoying it!

I've always been slightly phobic of broken glass. Otherwise, I'm usually the person who kills all the bugs in the house!

Denysia said...

I love your pictures! Their all very nice looking. I wish I could something like that!

Dash said...

i have a phobia for 2 things. heights and animals.

a little twig birdhouse said...

I am scared of sharks. Will not go in the ocean because I know one will get me. But it all stems back to a childhood experience when I watched Jaws (and was not allowed to), and next day was "beach day" at camp. And the camp leader made me swim in the ocean, I was freaked, still am. On the other hand, I'm a competitive swimmer, but only in the pool.

Yay for your husband learning to swim :)

Lily G. said...

Awww, how cute! Your husband is not so bad either, haha.

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Little Miss Tiara said...

hahaha... I love the pic of him goofing around, lol. that looks so fun. And haha... him beside the swimming pool looks cold :P

I have fear of... Uhm... gecko, eww...

debbie said...

i am terrified of roaches (don't even like to type the word..eww). also, i am completely petrified of driving on coastal freeways, i feel like my car will go off the cliff.

Laura. said...

i like the classification of "bee stings and scary things". my aversion to bugs is purely contextual--no spiders in the house, but i don't mind the crickets in the studio!
i do have an overactive imagination when it comes to physical disasters, though. (i.e. stumbling on the stairs and knocking out all my teet? ouch!)

ReadyGo said...

cute story! I always thought it would be weird to not be able to swim. I'm glad he is learning :)

I am afraid of whales and large fish. And slightly claustrophobic. Funny that you bring this up because this week at work I was bored (as you know) and came across "phobia' on Wikipedia. There are so many crazy phobias! Some people are afraid of trees, pointing fingers, flowers, making decisions, being without a cell phone, etc., etc. There's even phobophobia!

Thanks for the blog comment! Excel battleship is so clever! I will have to try it this week ;)

Dionne said...

Kaye - Canadian's were on strike for Canada Day? What?!!! That's too bad. Glad to hear you are over the dog fear!

Frannie - I think that out of all the compliments I have ever gotten about this little bloglet, this one you just left me is my favorite! Thanks!

Lily - Hahaha, I don't think my husbo is so bad either, lol.

ReadyGo - I am so glad I discovered your blog through Etsy! Thanks so much again for sponsoring the Blogger's Lunch! And I totally know about weird phobias. A friend of a friend of mine has a phobia of staples! She can't have them in the house unless they are loaded into the stapler. If they are exposed and just lying around the house, she freaks out!

Joann said...

I'm so very afraid of worms! I had a few encounters with them. It was scary. I love your illustrations!

Ali said...

I have a fear of throwing up too! Very scary.

Nicole said...

I'm so excited! Thank you, thank you!!!

nicole addison said...

i saw nicole and got excited! hehe :) well i am so scared of frogs... i always think i build it up in my head but then when i see one i run away screaming. they are sooo icky to me!

Rebekah Williams said...

I seriously love your blog. Your writing is nice, and I just want to see your latest piece of artwork in every post. You've got major talent!!

Kristin said...

That's so great! I'm ridiculously afraid of heights and I don't think I could brave them like your hubs. p.s. He is hubba hubba!

sel said...

thanks for the comment Dionne! :) did i mention? I adore your drawings!

my phobia is definitely silly. I'm afraid of butterflies.

Mo said...

congrats to your husband for overcoming such a fear !!

i'm afraid of clowns... but not in a phobia way though....and of being trapped in an elevator !

miss milki said...

Well done to him! :)
I have a huge phobia of the dentist. Again its because of bad experience as a child and though I know logically that nothing terrible is going to happen to me I'm absolutely terrified.

RhiannonM said...

Yay for learning to swim!
I have a HUGE fear of loud noises. Fireworks, gunshots, thunder, cars backfiring, action movies that get too loud. Not the potentially harmful things that cause the noises, the noises themselves. I don't really know why, just always have. : )

Truly Smitten said...

Hey! When you are going to Chicago, let me know! Maybe we can meet up for high tea =). And I SOOOO know what you mean about throwing up...I have a major fear of them too. And that's really cute that you posted a pic of your husband learning to swim - hee hee!

Kristin said...

Thirteen? Wow... impressive. Even if I was on any kind of streak before I got pregnant, it certainly ended very quickly once the morning sickness set in. ;)

My one phobia is heights... not so much being up high -- I'm fine in airplanes, at the top fo skyscrapers, etc. -- but the fear of falling from up high -- such as on the edge of a cliff or having to climb a ladder up onto a roof.

I guess that makes me exempt from ever having to clean gutters!

oh, hello friend. said...

ahh, lol, nick is not a strong swimmer at all. great pics!

i'm really afraid of the ocean! and i'm terrified of heights - i have this recurring dream that i'm walking up these stairs really high and i don't want to and the stairs have HUGE gaps that you could fall through! haha, strange!

yes, throwing up is terrible!

Lindsey said...

Wow, Brian doesn't look too happy to have his swimmer picture taken! And you even have your own pool?! He'll learn. We are never too old to learn new things.

Hm, I think my second biggest fear is getting fat after having babies, but my first is not having babies at all. I'd also probably freak out quite a bit if I found a mouse or rat in my house.

Carol said...

spiders!! eek!!

photojoy said...

Mouse, snake, reptile and horror movie!!!!

Rebecca said...

yay for your man!!!!

i'm a bit scared of bears - i've seen a few on backpacking trips when i use to work in the olympics. every time we camp i have to get through a bit of bear head space.

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orange sugar home said...

such a wonderful post about your husband!! funny how some people never throw up and others do at the drop of a hat! I throw up just even thinking too much about it. fears?? flying sometimes, and definately of heights - and my big one is RATS! ugh...

SimplyValorie said...

Aww that's so great for him! I teach adult swim lessons so I know how tough it is for adults to get over that phobia and learn to swim. Kudos to him!

As for fears... I'm terrified of elevators. I don't care if I'm going to the 30th floor in a building, I WILL take the stairs.

Amanda Nicole said...

That is indeed an amazing accomplishment, I hope he feels proud of himself! I'm not really afraid of anything, though I have been dubbed a germaphobe more than once. Hey, sanitation is fun!

Debbie said...

I am terrified of spiders. Horribly afraid of them.

Hello, darling said...

Aaaah that's so cute. My dad's had a kind of similar fear in the past, and alhtough he hasn't really learnt to swim, he's much bteer at dealing with water above waist height, a couple of years ago he stood in the sea and let a wave go over his head ♥

I'm scared of moths and such alhtough I don't think I'm afraid of them I hate them flying all around me and touching my skin...ewww

Nicole Marie said...

oh my gosh that crazy! i can't imagine not being able to swim my whole life. so scary going near water if you don't know how! but i'm glad he learned!

avant garde said...

good for him! fears are strange little feelings. my closest i guess is heights but it's funny because i took flying lessons (will take them again one day when i'm rich and have tons of time!) and love flying in planes no problem, but rides that go high in the air at amusement parks...no way jose. nope. i just can't imagine dangling outside of something, just hanging there with no protection around you.

Dionne said...

Avant Garde: that's funny you say that about planes vs. roller coasters. Brian is the same way. He is pertrified of 'coasters, to the point of getting sick, but has no problem doing crazy stunts when he drives a plane. He says it's because he has no control of the roller coaster, but with the plane, he has control. So I can understand that fear.

Savvy Mode SG said...

i can't swim to save my life too. and i live by the beach.

Suz said...

Great blog! I might have a teeny crush on your hubby. :-) I am petrified of spiders. If I see one I just freeze up. I know it's dumb because they're so tiny but...ugh!

simplesong said...

such a good story! makes me feel better that i don't really know how to swim either! i hate, hate needles and anything to do with them. even the thought of them right now is totally scaring me!

MizzJ said...

Aww the pic of him by the pool is so cute, he looks rather pouty lol. My phobia is of sharp things going through my skin, like needles. I'm also super scared of anythng like roller blading or skating, it's weird haha.

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Chelsea Talks Smack said...

I'm scared of raw meat. Seriously.

Tracy-Girl said...

I have a slight similarity to your husband - and what is so strange is that nothing really caused it. I have just in the last few years started to not really like water, which is so weird because I was a little fish growing up.

My biggest fear? VOMIT. seriously. It scares me more than anything and makes me feel horrible. A true phobia.

Kiki said...

ryc: lol I try not to be superior, but I am certainly proud of my country and I'm glad that you like it here as well. :o)

I have literally run away from nurses when they came at me with needles. I hate needles with a passion. :shudder:

Amber Leigh said...

i know what you mean about getting caught up in moring routines & forgetting to pray in the morning.. i will sometimes be halfway through my day & realize that i forgot to pray that morning. but as soon as i realize that i make sure to get in a nice prayer.
and for silly fears..
i hate long needles,, i know they dont hurt anymore than really tiny needles, but they seriously freak me out.. & spiders, ahhh. i like run the other way !!

umama said...

This might be incredibly late, but I did post my pics from the swap!

Ann-Marie said...

I'm scared of throwing up too! I think it's being completely out of touch with my body that really freaks me out! Also, I have irrational fears of earthquakes and fish! Strange but true, haha :)

xavia said...

i'm scared of being stung by a bee or a wasp too, tho it've happened many many times.

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

wow what a terrific feat!! reading this made me teary-eyed!!! What an accomplishment for him!

I'm terrified of needles. And I'm not talking about your average 'i dont like blood tests' fear... we're talking hysterics and faintness at the thought (incl now). Ok i'll stop :)

Orchid Grey said...

I am terrified of flying, spiders, head injuries, and needles. I have absolutely nothing to base these fears on!
-O.G.

ps- thank you for your comments on my blog!

Phoenix said...

Can't swim either, also almost drowned as a kid.

Decided to learn this summer. Kickboard, here we come!

Maki said...

Aww I still remember when I found out your Brian works for NASA. I mean, seriously, that's every man's dream job. I told JT that he design space craft, he almost fainted....

Anyway, congratulations to him!!! He proves to us that it's never late to overcome our weakness. I love this post!!! Congrats!!!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Haha, no way - scared of swimming? Poor guy.

I'm just terrified of spiders. All other bugs are ok, but those tiny creepy crawlies are horrifying.

Monica said...

I'm afraid of wasps, too. For the past few weeks we've had a swarm of giant, I mean HUGE, European hornets in a corner of my back yard. I'm chewing my nails just thinking about it.