Ella Numera Dos has been slathering herself in summer swim team warpaint since she was 4. She became immersed in this tradition ~ which involves sticky, semi-permanent, hard-as-heck-to-remove, damaging-you betcha-to-my-towels & washrags ~ when she picked it up from the older kids on the team.
I know just who to blame ~ a high-schooler named Erin, who did the 50-backstroke in a flash, & gave Ella Dos her first dose of team spirit.
Well, now my kid's doin' the dirty deed. As a summer coach & all, one of her jobs is Spirit. With a capital "S." And she takes that job seriously, y'all! That's the way things are, after all, at Ye Olde Swimming Hole.
Here she is at the 4th of July Relays with 2 younger charges. Claire is 10, Caroline is 8. Just the proper age. Let's just say their mom was more than quite chagrined to see her chicas decked out this way. And I'll bet the sheets at their house didn't come clean for a week!