Wednesday, July 02, 2008
She was absolutely right.
This summer, I have sat pool side with these three ladies at least twice a week (often more, with 4 practices and occasionally two meets a week!). So on average, 5-7 hours a week of togetherness!
This is not a glamourous sport. Swim practice for our swimmers starts at 8:30 in the morning, which means that on nearly every occasion, one of us hasn't showered, or is running late, or has forgotten a towel, sunscreen or goggles.
We have seen each other sweat; we've talked about life; and cheered each others kids on in the pool. We've shared snack, sand toys, recipes, and they have shared their Quick Shades (which in Arizona is like calling you "family").
We have each others backs.
My kids have participated in several different "sports" venues. From ballet to karate. Soccer to Basketball, but swimming has been the most social.
Next week swimming season will wrap up. I'm a little sad. I'm gonna miss these gals. I'm gonna miss laughing, and talking, and just hanging out.
J: You are an encouragement to me. Even though your hubby is stationed far away, you NEVER complain. You are positive and upbeat. That spurs me on to be grateful for what I do have, instead of what I don't.
D: You are always smiling and laid back, even when chasing three kiddos, and balancing all the paraphernalia. You rarely seem to get your feathers ruffled. That encourages me to me more flexible; to be more gracious.
S: This season has been hard on you as you encourage your child with medical problem. Seizures are scary and so very unpredictable. Yet, instead of letting that hinder you (and him), you have chosen courage; knowing that living life in fear isn't really living at all.
Swim Mom's, thank you for making the season so incredibly fun. Thanks for sharing your shade, and sharing a tiny bit of your life.
I couldn't have done it without ya!
La Vida Dulce!