I don’t want to write too much because I think this photo speaks for itself. It was taken yesterday at our YMCA by my friend and photographing maven; you can find more of her work at her website or Flickrstream.
Sophie is an enthusiastic and capable swimmer – especially her backstroke. She has been a water-lover since she was very tiny (three months old) and has proceeded at her own pace. She never misses a practice unless we miss it for her – that is, family events conspire to keep her away. Tonight after practice she signed up for three events in Saturday’s swim meet: the 100 Individual Medley, 25 Backstroke, and 50 Breaststroke. She will likely also participate in a relay or two.
I hope my children continue to grow in the things they love: feeling not pressure but unconditional support from their father and I; not relying on our praise or cajolement or bargaining or prizes or bribes to continue in the things they love doing.