The last day of Taylor Cortens' Spanish class called for celebration. Time for a fiesta for Taylor.
The party featured a variety of candy and treats. Flashing his beaming smile, Taylor consumed all the goodies possible.
On a normal day, this would not present any problems. But, Taylor's first swim practice followed the party.
With a sense of anticipation buried deep within — past the consumed chocolate and sugar that occupied his stomach — he attended practice.
Taylor splashed into the water that day four years ago. The excitement quickly disappeared, faster than the tears that followed.
With watering eyes, an aching stomach and chlorine soaked skin, Taylor appeared as if he were not made for swimming.
"I got in the pool and started swimming and I got a huge cramp and didn't feel good," said Taylor, a 9-year-old who lives in Newport Beach and attends Andersen Elementary. "I didn't have that good of a time and I wanted to quit."