I am thankful that my parents had us on the swim team, as a kid I dreaded the early morning practices and even now though my role has changed the early wake up is still not the highlight. I enjoy watching the boys learn what is and will become a life skill. They will always be swimmers now. Once it's in you...it's in you for life. It becomes your salvation. Your place of peace. I have so many fond memories of swimming and as I lean down to kiss one of my sons' sweet faces I breathe them in, that smell of chlorine floods my senses and reminds me of peace, of calm, of happiness.