It’s like going back in time. Different daughter, same approach. Deadly serious, intensely focused, and in love with the sport.
She has the advantage of having lived at the pool since she was two, and having been around more competitions than she can remember. She started diving this year, but she looks like she’s been diving for a lot longer, probably because she’s been practicing in her mind since her older sister started five years ago. She entered her first competition today, and didn’t seem to be nervous in the slightest. She seemed to be absolutely itching to get on with it, to do this one, then the next one, until she’s an established competitive diver and on the team bus with the big kids.
Here she is getting last minute instructions from her coach, the very same coach that L had when she started out….
Here she is with her ribbon. Not particularly triumphant looking for someone who handily won first place.
Some of the big girls, at the novice meet to coach the tiny ones…
…..and loving it. It’s terribly exciting for L now that she’s started coaching. She takes such pride in being given the responsibility.
I was saying to another one of the diving moms at the pool today that I’ve really begun to feel tremendously emotional about my kids lately. Events like this just highlight what I seem to be feeling so often nowadays. I’m so proud of them, and watching them do what they do leaves me feeling more than a little overwhelmed. With gratitude, with pride, with love, with joy. Seeing my older two kids mingling with a cluster of teenagers at a party this weekend sent me into the same sort of advance nostalgia. Kind of like look at them, can you believe that they’re so grown up? they used to all be hanging off me, and now there they are, making their way in the world, like the competent capable people that I guess they are. I’m not exactly sure where all of this emotion is coming from, given the obviousness of what I’m seeing. I can only imagine what I’ll be like once they start doing really grown up things. Like getting married. Or having kids.