Perfect Moment Monday: Swimmingly

June 13, 2010

in Perfect Moment, Tessa

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This summer Tessa’s participating in an organized sport for the first time — swim team. She’s at the pool every weekday morning of summer break by 8 am, and warming up for meets on Saturday mornings by 7 am. No word (none that I can place on a family blog, anyway) on what child, brother, mother or father think about these early and numerous commitments during vacation.

Tessa had her first competitive meet this weekend at an “away” pool north of us about a 40 minute drive. Which means she was up and out the door around 6 am on a Saturday. She was very nervous and did not really know what to expect. She had a whole flock of butterflies swarming in her tummy.

She also had her own cheering section. Grandma and Grandpa made the drive, as did Aunt Sheri and Aunt Tami. Plus, of course, Daddy and Mommy and Reed.

We told her that just getting to the starting line would make her a winner, and that making it to the finish line would be fabulous, too. She lined up for her heat about 2.5 hours after warm-ups and when the horn sounded she jumped in and swam, freestyle to the other end of the lane — halfway done. She stopped long enough to smile at us and the headed back to the starting/finish line.

Which she crossed. Butterflies were vanquished.

Until next week, anyway.

We are perfectly proud of our swimmer-girl.


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

RobinJP June 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

That is so awesome!
She is not only showing up but she is defining herself. Tessa is a SWIMMER.

I hope you fill her sports bag with little packs of honey. She needs that instant energy. You’ll have to show her how to shave every hair off her body… but that’s for later.

But for now. Get a poster of Dara Torres for her bedroom wall.
She can relate.


Lavender Luz June 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

Excellent idea!


sue June 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm


My fondest memories still as an adult are of the many sporting events I participated in growing up. there was nothing like looking into the stands and finding either my mother or father sitting there cheering. And with four of us kids, you can imagine the juggling it took.

I still have friends come up to me years later and ask about my parents because they were always there, cheering for all my teammates, not just me. I don’t know how they did it all those years, but it showed me that my parents would always be there for me no matter what!



Lavender Luz June 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

I had that too, my portable tribe. I didn’t realize at the time how much that would influence my self-confidence.


Sandy June 14, 2010 at 12:13 am

Awesome! What a proud and perfect moment!


Rachel June 14, 2010 at 6:48 am

I loved my years in sports, even if I wasn’t first on the finish line. It really was all about getting to the starting line :)


Suzy June 14, 2010 at 7:14 am

Yay! I love that she stopped to smile at you.

Sounds perfect indeed!


Sheri June 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

I was SO proud of Tessa for jumping in AND finishing!

The smile at the mid-way point was just frosting on the cake!

She is TRULY a “Lake Goddess”

Way to go, Swimmer Girl!!!


Lavender Luz June 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

Takes one to know one ;-)

(A Lake Goddess, that is.)


Kir June 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

Pride overflows…How absolutely WONDERFUL!!!
You go Tessa…Just keep swimming amazing girl!!!

How perfect indeed.


susy June 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Awesome!! Love that she smiled at you guys before returning. :) And I agree on the Dara Torres poster!


a June 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Congratulations, Tessa!


Quiet Dreams June 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Go, Tessa, go!


Denise June 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

What discipline for a child!

I know I’m not playing along right, but I did write up a new post and thought of you and your perfect moment posts while I was writing it.


chicklet June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I totally hope D will be a swimmer… even if that means I’m getting up at 6am on a Saturday. Cuz uh, I’m kinda damn used to that right now.


Lavender Luz June 18, 2010 at 9:06 am

LOL, Chicklet!


battynurse June 14, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Yay for Tess!!! I admit though that those mornings wouldn’t be my idea of fun.


Martha at A Sense of Humor is Essential June 15, 2010 at 8:38 am

I am so proud of Tess! The great thing about swimming is, it truly is exciting to see how much they improve individually and lose so much time in their heats.
Rock On, Tess!!!


Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck June 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Perfect indeed and what a great shot!

My kids start swim lessons next week. My perfect moment will be if my son can actually muster up the courage to get his face wet. :-)


Kristin June 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Way to go Tessa!


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