A tale of the past weekend…

So, last weekend was the inter-school swimming competition, so the weekend was pretty chaotic for us. His dad and I donned our cheerleader hats and spent most of the two days with other swimming parents as we cheer our kids on, comfort them when the swims don’t go as well as expected, and generally be around whenever parental support was needed.

On a positive note, he managed to get 5 bronze and 2 silver medals for his age-group. He also improved his personal bests, which is what we were all hoping for.  As he has only been training with the team for about 3 months, we are really pleased with the progress that he has made. It is a balancing act for a 12 year old and requires some sacrifice and discipline on his part to wake up early on Saturdays to be at the pool by 6 am. There is little time for tv watching on weekdays as he gets home only at 4.30 followed by dinner, homework and studies before being at the pool by 6.45 pm and not finishing till 9 pm. The only down time he has is on Sunday and it is a really precious day for all of us. He gets to sleep in late, we get to have long lunches as a family and wind down a little, before homework and assignments claim his time again.

Sometimes I wonder if this is the kind of life that I want for my child. His waking hours are divided between studying and swim training. They swim anything between 4 and 5 km per night, sometimes at lap pace for stroke correction, other times sprints. The good thing is, I know this is good for his health. He seems fit, motivated and growing well. He sleeps well and there is little time for computer games, wii or ps3. The only thing I worry about is if he is going to blame me for a “lack of childhood” experiences when he is a grown-up. I guess, we just need to balance it all out as well as we could for as long as he wants to.

I was never a competitive swimmer, but used to compete in tennis tournaments as a junior player. As an adult, I remember the tournaments with great fondness – meeting up with friends, competing with others, learning to win and lose gracefully, playing fairly. The training gave me life lessons and discipline that were valuable throughout my school, college and working years. I hope my son will also learn good life lessons in swimming that he can carry through with him as an adult.

About mumstech
Retired at 40 after working in various industries including banking and financial services, oil and gas as well as higher education.Now a stay-at-home mum, cheerleader for husband and son, cleaner, nutritionist, cook, laundry lady, driver, clerk cum administration assistant, public relations, personal assistant... I never knew that squeaky clean floors can give me such satisfaction!

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