I have to have a second stab at The Daily Post Photo Challenge. This morning provided the motivation for the whole family to be Jubilant.
The annual prize-giving at the swim school attended by both grandchildren occurred in two sessions, both causing a local school hall (handily within walking distance from home) to be packed. We didn’t think the girls had done as well this year as in previous ones, so weren’t expecting much. In fact, as the first awards for the juniors progressed through from achievement certificates to badges and medals until it was only a question of ten trophies, we decided young J (just-turned 5) had missed out. Then, right near the end, the winner of the Best Girl Swimmer was announced – yes, young J! She received a cup which three years previously had been engraved with the name of her elder sister.
The same sequence was followed with the Senior event three hours later – except that just-turned-8 R was awarded a second 800-metre badge for her attempt at the 1500 where her time had been too slow. We thought that was her little lot, and knew it for sure when another girl with a faster time scooped the distance cup. Then came Best Boy Swimmer, and Best Girl Swimmer, and at the end, Best All Round Achievement Trophy. Guess who … yes, R!
So both kids came away with broad smiles and trophies, while their mom and grandparents matched the smiles.
Following the disappearance and recovery of border collie Toby, who is now back to normal, we have been involved in two more dog rescues, tracing of owners, and returns. I hope these things go in threes, and that is IT! The only possible weakness we found in our own boundary protection has now been permanently and securely fixed, and I trust the other owners will be equally attentive.