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Whining about traveling long distance for kids’ sports — FranklyStein

MaggieSwim1I’ve been whining a lot lately. You might have heard me. It was mostly about having to go to Raleigh, N.C. for a swim meet in which my oldest qualified to swim a 50 free.

What that means is, we drove 5 hours for her to swim across the pool and back.

But the truth was, it was a pretty big honor to make the meet, and it was her goal for the season. So it was something I knew we were going to do regardless of the inconvenience, expense and all the whining.

This kind of thing happens when your kids are in sports these days. The commitments get bigger and bigger, and when your kids are involved and competing — it’s really hard to say no. Maggie has been swimming for years. She works incredibly hard, and I’m so proud of her. So not going was not an option.

And despite all of my whining, it was a great weekend. Turns out, she could swim more than just the event she qualified in, and she had the best swims of her life. She qualified for the state championships in two events. It was a pleasure to watch all of her hard work pay off.

My husband said that friends kept telling him that her success made the trip MaggieSwim2worthwhile. But the truth is, the trip would have been worth it even if she didn’t swim well. She earned that trip regardless of the outcome. The end result wasn’t really what was important.

As for me, I shouldn’t have whined. First of all, it wasn’t fair to her. Second, it was a true blessing to have special time with just one of my four kids. I cherished every minute of it, especially since in just over two years, she will be off to college.

A little side bonus? It was a totally relaxing weekend for a harried mom. Other than the early morning warm-ups, there was no rushing around. There was no cooking, no errands, no laundry and no decisions to be made other than where to eat dinner. It was a weekend of just hanging out, watching Maggie swim and bond with her friends.

Glad she’s already qualified for next year. You won’t hear me whining about it again.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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