July 8, 2013

Chlorine Stung Eyes

Swim team is an important part of the summer. It's fun for the kids, a great way to hang with your neighbors, and a great excuse to eat pizza at 10:00 on a Saturday morning. Mia's been swimming on the team since she was four years old. Owen's been a little more reluctant. But on Saturday, he swam in his very first meet.

Owen's first race.

He did wonderfully. Sure, he swam most of his freestyle on his back and, yes, he spent a lot of backstroke time hanging off the lane line but, hey, he made it across the pool twice so who cares?

There are lots of leagues around us who hold meets for the strongest swimmers, separate meets for the weakest and even more meets for seemingly endless heats of little kids. I like our more laid-back league, where strong and weak swimmers swim side-by-side, ribbons and trophies really don't matter, and regardless of how everyone did, everyone shakes hands at the end.

Owen might never be the fastest swimmer but he'll have raced his races with friends and neighbors cheering him along no matter how well he's doing. That counts for a lot.

Posted by Chris at July 8, 2013 7:14 AM

Nice job Owen!!!

There's plenty of time for competitive sports later in life. He's 4, let him enjoy swimming in races while everyone cheers him on!!

Posted by: Darren at July 8, 2013 11:36 AM

Yeah, that stings the eyes, all right. Is the girl lounging actually wearing panty hose?!

Posted by: click here at July 14, 2013 12:56 PM