swim team boy.

Last Summer was Ephraim’s second year on the swim team and his first attempt at swimming in a meet. I was poised and ready to write a post celebrating his first successful 25 yards freestyle just like I did for his sister. And then disaster struck. As we walked to the pool on the way to the meet I casually mentioned something about his “race”. And he stopped dead in his tracks, turned his little face to me and said, “Race? what race?”.

Oops.

Apparently the kid had no idea that a swim meet was also a race. The spring in his step quickly faded and supreme anxiety took over. A couple of hours later he dove into the pool at his appointed time only to fall apart halfway through when he realized he was in last place. It was devastating. He came up for air sobbing and didn’t stop for 2 minutes and 39 seconds – the time it took him to cross the pool. Do you know how long 2 minutes and 39 seconds is when your child is sobbing and scooting his way down the lane rope while the entire pool has fallen silent? A heck of a long time.

He went home that night, hid under the covers and declared himself the worst swimmer ever. We promised him that he wouldn’t have to swim another meet until he was ready and that he could just keep going to practice for fun.

Hello Summer 2014… Hello Swimming B-Ro…

What a difference a year makes.

Last week he battled a major case of nerves but still conquered his 25 yards handly. So tonight I actually felt calm enough to bring my camera along for the ride.

He spent an inordinate amount of pre-race time cutting up with his friends…

And then cutting up alone…

Before finally getting serious about the task at hand.

He jumped right in, swam the length of the pool with confidenceĀ  (8 seconds faster than last week!) and then hopped right out with a smile on his face.

His first celebratory stop was his favorite coach…

And his last stop was…

his favorite girl.

And it doesn’t even break my heart that his favorite girl in that moment wasn’t me.

I’m too busy just being glad he’s a happy swimmer.

christi in maJune 26, 2014 - 9:32 am

way to go E!!!

Debbie KingstonJuly 7, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Adorable post Erin! Love the look in E’s eyes with his arm around his “best girl”. Well done to E and yes, it’s amazing what just one year can do in a little person’s life šŸ™‚

While I don’t comment too often on your blog posts…you are at the top of my blog list and I love stopping by to check out your lovely family.

Debbie (from down under)

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