This meet marked the one year of our swimmer’s life. This was the first meet we went to last year.
We’ve done a year in this new life as a swimmer’s family. And we’ve all enjoyed this journey, for the most part. Some of us have a harder time getting up early to drive to the meets. Some of us have harder time being in a hot room for few hours, but we joke that it reminds us of our days in India. For the most part, we have fun.
And some sewing or knitting or grading or other projects we carry with us. We each have our things we like to do while we wait for Siena’s turn to race.
And when the time comes we are ready for her. We are right there for her.
And some times it doesn’t go the way we want to.
Siena does a wrong turn for the stroke, the coaches get a yellow slip, Siena is disqualified.
She’s disappointed, but she’s OK. She remembers the words from her coach the first time she did “now we know what to work on next.” And of course, a trip to Dairy Queen (DQ) is the thing we do when you get DQ’ed for the fun of it. Because she’s worked hard at the meet and the months before it. A wrong turn or a funny kick, is not what matters. Is how much she’s enjoying her swimming what we value the most.
And we are there for her. Especially we are there for her, for these difficult moments. It happens. She learns. We learn along side with her.
Until next time.
We’ll be there again with her, to cheer her on.