Istra surprised us this weekend by suddenly taking to the noodle. She's been telling everyone that I taught her how to swim with it, but really I didn't do anything except be there. Before this weekend she would not go in the water without clinging tightly to some adult torso, neck, limb, or combination thereof. But (no doubt inspired by the bravery of six year old friend she acquired) she suddenly armed herself with the blue noodle and ventured forth. The chilliness of the water did nothing to cool her enthusiasm. She had a lot of fun, too."