So, here’s the thing. I’m still a mess. And I probably will be for awhile. So I’m going to take a minute to dole out some credit for whatever I managed to accomplish on Saturday. Naturally, this should have been in my meet report – but, in my book, it's really better late than never!
To Pat, the coach on deck (who calls herself one of my Moms for good reason): thanks for calmness, evenness and just the right kind of encouragement and advice. (And congratulations on fine swimming despite that toothache! You truly rock!)
To Mike, one of my new teammates, who also took a beloved four legged family member for a final veterinary visit last week: thanks for truly understanding and commiserating, and for feeling for me as I did for you.
To Bill, a coach at Nepean Masters, for asking me why I wasn’t swimming the 800: that was the first real laugh I’d had in days! (And it was great to see you.)
To Muriel and James from Brockville (Thousand Islands Y Swim Masters), who are the same charming genuine people I knew when I was young, and who brought back good memories: what a treat to catch up with you. Way to represent! (My folks were just as thrilled to hear I'd seen you as I was to be able to give you each a hug!)
To my new teammates from Technosport for acceptance without question: it meant a lot. And the whole double arm back thing – what a revelation!
To the volunteers and officials who made it all possible: I know none of you are in it for the credit – but you sure deserve it.
To my bloggy pals, friends and neighbours: you can't know how meaningful your caring, support and encouragement is.
Mad props folks. All 'round!