I always joke that New Year’s Day for moms is actually September 1st. Kids are back in school, we are back to the routine. Everyone vows to be more organized, cook healthier dinners, be more patient with their children and spend more time in the gym. I’m lucky – I work in the fitness industry so that last one is easy for me. Thus far I have filled out all the forms, my house is clean, kids are well fed. I even had dinner prepped and ready to go by noon today. I’m off to a good start.
Grace is off to high school this year. I still have mixed emotions about it, those seniors look like grown adults. Grace is like a baby next to them. She will always and forever be my oldest baby. Sarah is enjoying her one and only year in school without a sibling. She can have her own identity for her middle year in middle school. Sophie is in her final year in elementary. I really am sick of elementary school, it has been 9 years straight. I’m ready to close the door on that chapter. I can also guarantee that I will be crying about it this time next year. Where does time go? They really do grow up too fast.
The new swim season is also upon us – after a two week break they are back in the pool. I respect and admire the dedication it takes to be a swimmer. Sarah and Sophie were more than ready to get back in. Grace seemed to enjoy the break more than she has in years past. She needed the time out of the water.
Sarah and Sophie will continue in their groups with RMSC. Sarah is in the National Training Group, Sophie Advanced Juniors. They love their coaches and all of their friends.
Grace will definitely have a year of new beginnings, she is moving to NCAP. And there you have it. My girls will be swimming for competing swim clubs and at pools that are 30 minutes apart. I’m totally at peace with the decision and feel that her departure from RMSC was done in the best possible way. There are no words to describe how good it feels to leave on good terms. I have watched too many people burn bridges. Some have even taken a stick of dynamite to the bridge. I couldn’t do that. I’m really optimistic this is going to work.
It’s interesting that people have a hard time accepting this decision wasn’t made out of anger or frustration and that it was simply made because it was the best decision for Grace. No, for all of our kids. Yes, it is going to cost more (we already spend a small fortune, its a marginal difference). Yes, I will be driving more (I drive all the time anyways). Yes, meet weekends will be hectic if they are at different meets (because meet weekends aren’t already insane?). Trust, me I spent enough sleepless nights considering all of this. And we are still happy we made this decision.
It will be an interesting year, I can’t wait to compare and contrast the different coaching styles. How my kids respond to these styles. It will be fun to go to some new meets. It will be exciting to support two teams. And make some new friends. In the end, it really is just swimming. It’s an individual sport. How often we forget that.
I can’t wait for the madness to begin. Good thing that is happening in 32 minutes.