July 21, 2011

Season's End

With the exception of one final meet, swim season is over. I am sad. I'm not sad about the evening set-ups or the after-meet take-downs. Or the early Saturday morning meets. Or the Wednesday evening after-work rush to a meet, packing a change of clothes in my car in case I'm late then wondering for a week where my flip-flops are only to find them in the backseat. But I'll miss the neighbors and the kids, the smell of chlorine, the sound of the buzzer that invariably rings in my head each Saturday morning even when there isn't a meet, and eating pizza for breakfast at 10:30 in the morning.

Last night was the end-of-year party. It capped an incredible season for Mia. She took home a trophy, an award for most laps in the swim-a-thon (39 in 45 minutes) and a prize for the most team fundraising. Last year she struggled to get out of last place. This year she averaged third-place ribbons even winning a coveted blue first-place ribbon last week.

But swim season really isn't about winning or technique. It's about hanging out with your friends, eating snow cones at 9:00 on Saturday morning, and shaking your competitors' hands whether you won or lost.

Posted by Chris at July 21, 2011 7:07 AM

Congratulations Mia!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 21, 2011 7:32 AM

Great job Mia!!

Posted by: Kim at July 21, 2011 8:35 AM

Sounds like Mia and the Cactus fam are having a great summer!!!!

Posted by: Niki at July 21, 2011 10:44 AM

This is how I feel about soccer season. Fifteen weeks of practice and games that coincide with the start of school, my soccer player's birthday, and church youth group makes for an insane Autumn. We don't hang out with any of the parents and T rarely ends up on a team with a schoolmate. But somehow I get a little sad when the twice-a-week practices end, and the Saturday games (even the 8 AM ones) are in the books. I feel ya, bro.

Posted by: Brooke at July 21, 2011 12:23 PM

And also CRUSHING the competition :)

Posted by: Rex at July 21, 2011 1:29 PM

Snow cones? Wait a second. Tell me that you can get snoballs where you are. You're close enough to Maryland that you have to be able to...right??

Posted by: shan at July 21, 2011 5:52 PM

There's nothing wrong with winning, either. As long as Mia keeps competing against herself, she's got it DOWN.

Posted by: alektra at July 21, 2011 6:28 PM

Congrats on another successful swim season in the books! What a wonderful way to learn some good life lessons!

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