08 July 2010

Trophies!



The six year old was in her first swim meet yesterday. She wasn't even supposed to be on the swim team, but the "pre-team" practices are in the morning when she's at camp, so she kind of ended up on the team by default. She was a little nervous beforehand, "I don't want to lose, Mama", but she persevered and swam three races - two freestyle and one backstroke. If you look very very closely, you may be able to see that she received two sixth place ribbons, and one for fifth place. She was beyond delighted with her "prizes", and I am tickled at her delight because coming in sixth means, um, she came in last in the two freestyle races.

My husband, who was roped into timing, said that the child who finished last in the backstroke - that is, after our little fifth place girl - went off course, veering across the pool and under two lane markers, to finish the race two lanes over from where she'd began. If I'd been the one timing, I think I'd have been laughing too hard to click the button at the right moment. I guess that's why I have a desk job.

Twenty twenty Olympics? Here we come!

15 comments:

FreshHell said...

Congrats to her! She is getting SO BIG!!

Harriet M. Welsch said...

Congratulations! What a great picture!

the sandwich life said...

HA! That's wonderful!!

Janet said...

she looks so happy :-)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I have that same sixth-place ribbon from a swim meet when I was about her age. I was thrilled, too.

How fun that her moment was memorialized for us to see!

kathy a. said...

well, see -- she swam three races, and how many did you swim, huh? so those ribbons were earned and richly deserved.

p.s. -- i was once on a swim team, but speed is not one of my strengths. my parents both had real trophies from competitive swimming in college, but fortunately, i just liked swimming. and i really liked getting through the red cross junior lifeguarding class, because the real lifeguards let me help teach younger kids to swim, and also let me tell people at the pool to WALK! DON'T RUN!

de said...

It's really hard to go straight with the back stroke.

Good for the Girl! I love that her enthusiasm is getting stoked!

Bee said...

all shall have prizes!

Rima said...

Good for her!

AnnetteK said...

That's awesome! :)

yogurt said...

Anyone who finishes backstroke race is a big winner to me!

painted maypole said...

silly mom. it doesn't matter if you win or lose. it's whether or not you get a RIBBON.

nonlineargirl said...

That is freaking adorable.

The Homesteading Hussy said...

oh, but the smile.

YourFireAnt said...

What a little sweetie! Who can resist.

T.