Seems my swimming days are past:
Swam in gala, and came last!
No surprise to anyone –
First that I have ever done!!
Plus, young R, upon my back,
Did a certain slightness lack
(J, much smaller, was unwell,
Or a different tale I’d tell?)
Though of parents I was worst,
Grandpas? Only me; thus first!
R herself, though, did much more:
Second and three firsts her score –
Freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly;
Only backstroke let one by!
A few days before, there was a Gala at Durban Preparatory High School with quite a few teams visiting. R’s school didn’t do too well, but at least she swam freestyle in a ladder relay which achieved a second. Amusing that the Egyptian geese act as spectators at this school pool as well as those featured at R’s school!