I was kind of excited for her. I figured all that work at Aqua Tots (love that place BTW) would pay off and she would be a total superstar swimmer in swim team. I imagined it would be one thing that she would shine at. That it would be her “talent” in a sea of other kids who are good at everything under the sun. She’s not the fastest swimmer of all time, but she’s pretty confident in the water so I figured she would hold her own and do just fine.
She begged to go to the swim meet, and started out confident and ready to go.
But as she started off down that lane and everyone passed her up lickety-split, my heart sunk.
The kids in all the other lanes were out and the cheering had died down before she got close to the end. Everyone was on to ribbons and thinking about the next stroke.
It was just me, squatting at the end of the lane trying to look small cheering her on quietly with tears welling up behind my sunglasses.
I need to remember that that’s the only thing that matters.
Swimming is one of her many talents.
She just does it a little different from the other kids.
Man I love that smiley girl. She teaches me new things every day.