Siena raced 500m freestyle yesterday. She’s never raced that long of a race, so she was excited and nervous about it. We’ve been swimming laps together when Lucas has his swim practice, and she had timed and practiced swimming 500 then. She knows she swims more than that in practices, but it’s different in a meet.
We’d start together, but just for the first stroke… well, not even. Because her push from the wall is much better than mine. So I can’t really say we’d swim together. She passes me once, twice, three times, actually, all twenty times.
So yesterday, when she was getting ready to swim the 500, I got nervous. I guess I always do when she’s getting ready to swim. (As I do when Lucas is about to pitch or bat.) It’s the butterflies in my belly, of excitement really, because I know they are having fun, and I’ excited for them. She looks so small there, but at the same time she seems big. She’s grown up a lot lately.
OK. Can you just give me few sentences here please? I know, and I am sorry because I have said many beautiful things about my kids here in this space already, but let me just say one more thing today. This dive, her dive right here, she looks so strong, she looks so perfect, so beautifully well done. Doesn’t it? I am not a coach, I’m her mom, and I can see that is just perfect. (You can just go along with me here… and you can also laugh too. It’s OK. Thank you though for letting me say it one more time.)
Her angles, the arm bending here… perfect. Doesn’t it look so pretty? I wonder if my swimming is even close to this… maybe I’ll ask her to take my pictures. I did take swimming lessons growing up, and I went to a swim class in college, but I never competed. And the last time someone corrected my style, has probably been 30 years ago. Mmm… maybe I don’t want her to take pictures then. I think I’ll keep on thinking my arms look almost as nice as hers.
I am also so impressed of her strength and her energy. She’s growing up and is becoming so strong. I am in awe of her dedication. I am always inspired by her and her love for swimming and always wanting to improve herself. Her coach told us once about her being “dedicated, focused and determined.” Sometimes at home we have seen these qualities as strong-willed. Especially when she wants something we have decided is not the right time for it. But hey! It all depends on how you see it, right? Determined and dedicated and focused, are all great things. And we are so proud for them all. Nice job my
little big girl. We are loving watching you swim and enjoy it so much. Thank you!