1908 1908_ () 1908 1908 The votes are streaming in right now for the Mother of the Year Award and I’m pretty sure this year’s honors are coming to me.

As I was picking through wet bathing suits from tonight’s swim meet, I noticed that one boy is currently wearing a Speedo with a slight hole in the buttocks region. I noticed this slight hole and then, instead of immediately purging this substandard suit, I lovingly placed it with all the other suits, business as usual.

I am adding the word “slight” to my description so that I don’t sound totally heartless. But let’s be honest — what kind of a hole is “slight” and what does that even mean? In this situation it means that there is a hole but I’m not going to buy another suit, not if there are only a few meets left.

The truth is next year this boy will be in an entirely different suit size and I don’t feel compelled to run out and get a new suit for him to wear for a few weeks and then outgrow before next summer league season.

Like I said, Mother of the Year. Right here.

My how times have changed. A few years ago, when our oldest son was about this age, he climbed up on the blocks at the big division championship. He got up and prepared to dive and when he leaned forward to leap into the water I noticed, from where I sat up in the rafters, that he had a giant hole in the seat of his pants. I nearly nose-dived from the bleachers.

I ran down from my seat, entered a restricted zone demanding to see my son, and when I finally made my way to him I was almost crying with distress.

“You have a hole in your suit,” I observed. To which he said, “yup.”

He had gotten the hole earlier in the day when he sat on the top of a metal fence and a sharp tine punctured his suit. He was pretty chill about the whole thing, unlike his mother, who wanted to yank him out of competition and take him to the nearest swim supply store. She also considered getting him therapy for what was surely a scarring experience, being out in public with a tattered bathing suit.

And here we are a few years later and I’m all “duuuude. That suit will totally get you through the next few meets,” and my son is all, “yup.”

And life goes on. 1908″>



  1. Kristen@ St Monica's Bridge says:

    That is great Rachel! Love it. I like his reaction too. The things my brothers used to wear out of the house…and now I have a husband who is in love with bleach so all of his clothes have stains. Apparently that runs in his family though, his step mother informed me that his half-brother will get a bleach stain on his clothes and say, "oh, it's not so bad..," and head out to work.

  2. Just put a few stitches in the suit to close the hole and you're good to go. No biggie.

  3. Duuuude. You're awesome!

  4. I l.o.v.e. this post.

  5. I am SO in your camp on this one!! Just about everything is wearable when there are only a few weeks left. I am the same way about clothes and shoes that are basically outgrown, but can last a few more weeks. No sense buying something that will definitely not fit next year (although there is always a younger brother to wear it sooner or later!)

  6. Does he possibly have another suit that would fit him but has a hole in a different region? He could wear both together, that is if it's not too much drag! Love this post! It shows why having many children is good for us "control" types.

  7. Let me tell you that all the other moms who noticed it are likely breathing a BIG sigh of relief that YOUR son had a hole in his suit–it lets them entirely off the hook for similar imperfections in their households! I can only imagine that in spite of your very public admissions of NOT having it all together, you appear MUCH more on top of things to other moms! Good job for making them all feel better 🙂

  8. Sharon P says:

    This brought back memories..years of being on my childhood swim team, we all had holes in our suits by the end of the summer. Plus, if you were lucky, (and to keep the suit from sliding down your sholders)you got your suit tied up in the back with an old pair of shoelaces! (do they do that anymore?)

  9. Michelle says:

    congratulations ;o)

  10. Ecce Quam Bonam says:

    Yeah, what Nancy said. I didn't have boys but the rule about panic in our house was there had to be blood or smoke involved.

  11. thePiks says:

    Love it! I've won a few of those awards myself.

  12. Colleen says:

    You're my hero 🙂

  13. Love this post. I have become a lot more laid back on this stuff…we have 5 boys and are expecting a girl in August. With #1 I was very ummm particular and a wee bit ahhh neurotic, perhaps about what he was wearing. Now I find myself feeling like a slacker sometimes because it's just small stuff in comparison to daily life. 🙂 Having these kids has taught me to let go a little bit. 🙂

  14. Christina says:

    It's posts like this that tell me ahead of time not to panic over the little things.

    Our son is only ten months old and I can go from zero to 100 on the, "What now?!!" meter very quickly.

    It's funny how I'm apt to listen to a mother's well-written blog post when my husband has been trying to tell me to calm down for months, now…

    Thanks for sharing!