Swimming Hopes Sink, but not Really Awfully.


J (nearly 5) elects not to dive - though she can.

J (nearly 5) elects not to dive – though she can.

J poised to start

J poised to start

Alas, this year was not to be
A triumph in the swim,
Large pool scared little J, you see;
The view she took was dim
Of needing to swim all that way;
At half-way point, two times, said, ‘Nay!’
When she ran out of vim.

R on her way

R (nearly 8) sets out.

R gathers momentum

R gathers momentum

R nearly across for the first of 18 lengths she completed  before it became apparent she would not make the 40-minute cutoff time.

R nearly across for the first of 18 lengths she completed before it became apparent she would not make the 40-minute cutoff time.

While older R made brave attempt
At fifteen hundred, timed,
At first, quite speedily she went,
At rate she had been primed,
But then a nasty stitch set in,
Nine hundred, now too slow to win,
So out of pool she climbed.

It is a better thing to try,
And fail, than not at all
Responding to a challenge cry,
Or answering a call,
Next year, the challenges anew,
Are something they know how to do,
And they’ll be standing tall.

© April 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)
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21 Responses to Swimming Hopes Sink, but not Really Awfully.

  1. gipsika says:

    Those are impressive challenges for the little girls. At 8 I couldn’t even swim yet, only learnt it at age 10. Give them hugs from me and tell them both that I think they are champions! 🙂

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  2. Such brave girls. Bravo for their guts and determination. Next time they’ll go further.

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  3. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    That length would scare me too! Well done to both for trying. They must have the intrepid Noble genes!

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  4. Everyone has to start somewhere. Valiantly attempt!
    Good to have an “unreachable” goal – and then to conquer it after great effort. Applause for setting her up for determination and persistence in life.
    (and swimming is so good)

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  5. equinoxio21 says:

    18 laps at 8? (Applause)
    The little one will overcome her qualms.
    Their education ressembles mine. 🙂
    They are riding too, correct?
    Fencing?

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