Everyone at the lake was staring at us. I guess it’s human nature, when you hear a blood curdling scream to stop and stare.
My 8-year-old son was screaming like he was in an audition for Jaws, and my 7-year-old daughter was swimming out to the middle of the lake, laughing hysterically at the excitement of being unsupervised in the drama.
Ethan had been stung by a wasp.
I love swimming and thought my children would follow my passion.
Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Ethan had a fear of water, believing the lake to be full of sharks, so he would just spectate from a bench, a sitting target for an angry wasp.
This wasn’t how Id imagined our sunny days by the lake,
Then we joined the local club, and now, here I am, reminiscing in disbelief and happiness over the recent Swim Ireland River Moy Swim that Ethan and I entered, where I climbed the steps at the end and heard the most magical words from Ethan: “That was fun! Can we do it next year?”
What a difference a year makes – when you swim with a great group.
Author Emma Callanan is a Me and the Water member, who sent us this story to enter our August 2021 members competition. She told us that since the River Moy Swim, Ethan completed a triathlon in Loughrea, and came out of the swim in second place!
Emma owes Ethan’s new love of water to the fantastic coaches and members at Predator Junior Triathlon Club and Ballinasloe Swimming Club.