Swimming Anyone?

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In this little space I like to call my own I often talk about my eldest boy and my youngest boy and have never called them by name. However, constantly referring to them as ‘my eldest’ or ‘my youngest’ seems a little odd so from now on ‘my eldest’ will now be called Big Prince and ‘my youngest’ will be Little Prince. 

So onto my magic moment and this week Big Prince decided it would be a good idea to surprise me. Before I get to my moment I want to explain that Big Prince is not an athletic child, he doesn’t like to be outside unless pushed and he has never taken a proper interest in any sport. He is a quiet boy who likes to sit and read or draw, plays on the Xbox a lot more than he should and has a few close friends who are mostly girls. He hates football. He doesn’t like playing out when it’s muddy and he has no interest in bugs or any creepy-crawlies. I think this is partly our fault because he was our first and we didn’t want him being outside messing with mud or hurting himself. We were so worried that something bad might happen that we may have influenced him and now it is really tough to get him outside.

Big Prince’s school runs various after-school clubs including football, cricket and tennis but Big Prince has never wanted to be involved in any of them. He much prefers the art club and any time the opportunity comes up for him to attend, he does. So, after nine years of this I never imagined that he would change. I was mistaken. 

This morning on the way to school he mentioned that there was going to be a swimming gala and that he’d been chosen to be involved. To say that I was surprised was an understatement.  He told me that he’d put up his hand when the class had been asked if anyone wanted to be included and he wanted to make sure that I would have his swimming kit ready for him on Wednesday. This is the first time that he has ever mentioned an interest in taking part in something like this but I have to admit that I was very proud of him. For a start Big Prince is a very quiet and shy child and has never volunteered for anything like this before but also I’m pleased that he wants to be included in something active. 

If I’m honest the swimming is a great fit for him, it’s not something where he needs to be communicating with team mates but he can still be competitive. He has been swimming without armbands since he was five and he really does enjoy being in the water, preferring to be below the surface rather than above! Whenever he gets in the water he transforms from the quiet, shy boy into a merman, he glides through the water and really pushes himself. Thinking about him in the water always makes me smile. 

So, whilst at the supermarket this morning I wandered upstairs in the hope that they would’ve brought out their new season of clothing. Big Prince is in need of new swimming trunks and they’re not allowed to wear shorts when swimming at school. As I held the trolley on the escalator I eyed the swimwear and smiled - I was in luck. On Wednesday Big Prince will be taking part in the trials for the swimming gala, they’ll be checking which stroke he is best at and assigning one to him. After talking to the school I think that there’s a chance he won’t be picked because it’s popular but I really hope he does. It would be great for his confidence and it’s something that he’s good at.

I have his swimming bag all packed and ready and I’m going to have my fingers crossed all week for my Big Prince.

12 comments:

  1. Good for him. Wishing Big Prince every success in his swimming Gala

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  2. This is definitely something to be proud of! I'm sure he'll enjoy swimming as a sport. I've never been much of a sportsperson myself as a child!

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    1. No me either, I hated sports! I'm hoping he does love it. Thanks for stopping by xx

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  3. Aww- I hope he gets picked for the gala!

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    1. Thanks Nadine. And thank you for stopping by - I'll be heading over to your blog shortly to have a read. ;)

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  4. Fingers crossed. Big Prince sounds a little like Boy. It takes him a while to find his grove and used to be not unknown for him to wander off in the midst of a rugby game to pick daisies. Great that BP enjoys his swimming so much, a great confidence giver. Really hope he makes it to the gala. #Magicmoments.

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    1. Indeed. I'll have my fingers, legs, toes and arms crossed tomorrow. I may even plait my hair - do you think that will help?

      Thanks for stopping by Sarah, I really appreciate it. x

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  5. thats fantastic! how did he get on?? i do so hope he had a fantastic time x

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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    1. He didn't make it into the gala but had a blast and is going to try harder next time! I'm so proud. :)

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  6. That is amazing. Good luck to him, my lot all swim and one loves galas and the other hates them, it is all about confidence but I hope your boy does really well

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    1. Thanks Nikki. He didn't make it this time but is really determined to get better so that he makes it in next year. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting x

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