Tomorrow will be my 14th Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. I got to spend the afternoon and evening with Matt, seven other awesome swimmer friends and their friends and family. It was a lovely day…but a bit bitter sweet.
Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 70th birthday. Prior to this year, my mom has been at the finish for nearly all of my Bay Swims. She waited patiently to give me a hug and kiss, wipe some dirt and sludge off my face and ask me all about my swim. In the last few years, she came up the afternoon before the swim and we met near the finish line at Hemingway’s for lunch and a drink. In the evening we headed out for a pasta dinner with our friend Amy.
My mom spent countless hours of her life next to various bodies of water watching me swim and cheering me on. Tomorrow will be my first Bay Swim without her and it will be hard to pull myself up onto the shore at the end knowing that she won’t be there to celebrate my swim or what would have been her 70th birthday.
So, thank you to Jeff, Amy, Heather, Tess, Lori, Denise, Ginny Ann, Ben, Craig, Slater, Mariah, Kathy and, most of all, Matt for a great afternoon and evening and let’s have an even better day in the Bay tomorrow! My mom would have wanted it that way. And I can think of nothing she would have liked more than to celebrate her 70th at the Bay Swim.