Courtesy: Elizabeth Wickham
With “shelter in place” going on for more than 30 days, I really miss swimming. I miss my Masters team and being a swim parent. I wonder when we will return to the pool? A month ago, I was upset to hear our team was no longer allowed to practice in the pool because “groups” weren’t allowed. Then the pool closed completely. Not long after that, the schools closed down, too. Swimming has been such a big part of our lives that it’s a strange adjustment to be without it.
Here are eleven things that I didn’t realize I would miss about swimming and can’t wait to experience again:
The sounds of kids laughing, diving and splashing during swim practice.
Peaceful early mornings watching the sky lighten as the sun rises over the pool.
The faint smell of chlorine on the pool deck and how the odor lingers in our car with wet towels and gear on the drive home.
The pride of volunteering at home meets where we all come together to create a successful event for the community. It’s something that no individual could pull off alone.
Swimming during a rainy day with steam rising off the water.
Jumping into the cool water, feeling peaceful being afloat and the sounds muffled when I’m underwater.
The unbelievable feeling when I finish a workout and am so tired but happy.
The friendships with other swim parents and the understanding and empathy we share through the entire swim experience, both good and bad.
The excitement of high school season — from dual meets to the league and state championships.
I miss swim meets, participating in them, and also watching age group and college swimmers race.
I miss my swim friends, my Masters teammates and coaches. I can’t wait to get back to practice with them.
What do you miss most about swimming and swim parenting?
What other tips do you have for swim parents during the championship season?
Elizabeth Wickham volunteered for 14 years on her kids’ club team as board member, fundraiser, newsletter editor and “Mrs. meet manager.” She’s a writer with a bachelor of arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington with a long career in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Parenting and Ladybug. You can read more parenting tips on her blog.