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1/5/2013: Swim Meet

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Neither of my children were on swim team so I had no idea what an ungodly time of day these parents get their kids up for a meet. We were on the road at 5:45am desperately searching for the nearest open Starbucks for our morning latte. Apparently, space is at a premium at these shindigs. If you don't arrive early enough to stake out your turf, you may be one of the unfortunate souls who stands for two hours watching little tadpoles flailing their arms across a 7 lane pool. My grandchild is one of these little water bugs. She recently forced her mother to take her to the pool to practice, even though they were on winter break and nothing was scheduled. this one is SO unlike me! Driven, focused, and dedicated to perfecting her craft. (Wait...that sounds JUST like me!) She is already planning on being in the 2020 Olympics. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, that's only 7 years from now. I didn't (and still don't) have the foresight to see 7 months ahead, let alone 7 years.

My older grand daughter is in 3rd grade. I'm trying to remember what I was thinking about in third grade. I think it was mostly playing dolls with my friends and watching Captain Kangaroo after school. I do remember once, after watching The Ed Sullivan Show, I was determined to be an Irish dancer on the show. My mom came in my room and saw me practicing and asked me what I was doing. When she learned of my aspirations, she pooh-poohed the whole thing and informed me I could never be on TV. I was determined my own children would be encouraged to follow their dreams. I let them know that the could try anything and could accomplish the things they loved if they applied themselves. It give me great pleasure to watch my daughter as she mothers her children and lets them express who they are. In the meantime, I will cheer them all on from the sidelines and be on the road at 5:45 again in the morning!

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