Ten years ago this guy started swimming year round. Before that he swam in the summer, played baseball and soccer and even did a stint with roller hockey. When he turned 11 he dropped the rest of those sports and concentrated on triathlons and swimming. Soon his coach told him he had to pick one, he was good at both, but to be really good he had to pick one and concentrate on that sport. He choose to swim, and although the path he chose has not been an easy one, he is still at it. Tomorrow we fly out to Iowa City to watch Mr. 21 in the Big Ten Swim Meet. I am so excited and nervous I can't even tell you. This is the biggest meet of his life so far. Hopefully there will be more. Can you keep your fingers crossed that all goes well? And if you have a spare prayer or positive thought can you send it his way? I know all the young men participating deserve the best, but I know what swimming has done to, and done for, this really great young man of mine. He deserves the best. And if you have another spare prayer could you send it my way so that I don't make myself sick with nerves and anxiety about his swims?
This is my favorite swim picture of my son. He was a senior in high school in this picture. His face has matured as has his body, but you get an idea of how amazing swimming can be. Go Mr 21! I am rooting for you!