© Stella Kalaw

There was a time when I watched my niece cry all throughout her swimming lessons and refused to let go from her instructor. There was a time when I sat with her in a kiddie pool where she laughed gleefully while she splashed around with her hands. There was a time when she would get nervous whenever we took her out to the beach to enjoy the waves. Then, just two weeks ago, I saw her treading alone, reaching both ends of the swimming pool.