The summer splashdown is here, for everyone but Mom, who has 2 more days of school left. Time to find the lifeguard suits, check the googles for leaks, make sure we've got a little bit of SPF 8 or higher hanging around the house.
Both girls have been competitive swimmers most of their young lives. I was ruminating the other day, & actually came up with some pretty impressive data. Ella Numera Una started splashing competitively the Summer of the Broken Jaw. That would be make this her 16th summer at Ye Olde Swimming Hole.
She's been a swimmer, a lifeguard, a coach, a manager, a group & private swim lesson instructor. If this weren't a community pool, I supposed she'd be in line to be the Club CEO sometime soon.
Then there's the matter of Ella Numera Dos. She started competing the summer when she was 4. She's an August baby, so that means the numbers are in her favor every summer season. Although she goes to school with kids her age, she's always swum with those one year younger. That can be quite an advantage when you're talking about a sport where seconds make the difference.
Part of the fun of summer swim season is the team spirt. This involves skits, dressing up, cookouts, potlucks &, of course, the weekly Saturday morning meet. Although our team is the Cardinals, the kids adopted a pirate theme several years ago. And now that Ella Numera Dos is a coach, she's going to be able to lead the quasi-intricate-and super silly-pirate cheers that have been crafted over several seasons.
So, here's to summer. Hope you put a little Arrrrrrggggggghhh! in yours!