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This weekend kicked off the Oakdale Gator's official swim season with an Invitational in Tracy. This is a two-day meet that not only throws you into the thick of being a swim family in a trial by fire kind of experience but primes you for the season to come.
When we moved to Oakdale we signed up our youngest son for the swim team because we thought it would be a good experience for him since he was a very good swimmer. It would turn out to to be the best decision we could've made for both him and our family. That was six years ago.
Today, we have a network of families with whom we've grown close and consider good friends simply because we shared space together, froze in the early mornings, languished in the sweltering heat, and cheered each other's children in their races. I never could've imagined how that one decision would cement our lives here in Oakdale. Being a swim family means so much more than waking at the crack of dawn to get to a meet, loading up the van until it's bursting with chairs, blankets, pop-up tents, food, and plenty of sunscreen. It's a commitment to the team, the families, and to your swimmer(s). Our kids have made fantastic memories, kept in shape, and made (hopefully) life-long friends.
I'm not a morning person but even as I grumble at the wretched hour on a Saturday morning, I can't help but beam with pride at my swim family. This is an investment into their cache of memories and a serious commitment on our parts but I'm happy to do it because these are the moments that bring us all together and cement us as a family.
Who knew we'd get so much from that one fateful decision six years ago. Go Gators!

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