For photrablogger’s Mundane Monday #132.
This is from the PNA Invitational, synchronized swimming, 2011, our girls after warm up. Their break is in the water, comfortable there….
I refuse to take the arrows
refuse to step on the hawser
say yes to Artemis
but by building her a statue
not taking on her role
I am a mere human
not a goddess
Hestia interests me
at first she does not appeal
home fires burn
my home is messy and creative
which is an excuse
to keep people out
only a few people
a select few
horse because hest
in Danish is horse
but this is Greek
but I play with words
women are the draft horses of the home
I have avoided that
by marrying a house husband
who agreed to stay home
until the kids were old enough
and then to work
I am not sorry
he’s working now
with my daughter launched
I see singles
marrying and divorcing
I love you first
and who is my muse?
I am female
and we have none
Gods and Goddesses
I do not want to be held
you are all
you are one
you are my muse
My daughter looks so comfortable, doesn’t she? She looks as if she is standing quiet.
But I took that with a zoom lens. Really, she is here:
For photrablogger’s Mundane Monday #109. I took this photograph in 2011. This is a solo synchronized swimming routine. She lifts her legs out of the water to dance above it, while her arms are keeping her in place, lifted, against gravity,, never touching the bottom or the wall. Only the girl and the water and held breath and arms controlling the position and legs following the music and the lift…. it is not actually mundane, is it?
I am a day behind on the A to Z Challenge but that’s ok! I started a day late anyhow….D for diligence. One of the 7 virtues. This is from the 7 Heavenly Virtues, a different list from the cardinal and theological virtues. Bravery is not on the Heavenly list. Diligence is the match for the sin “sloth“. This virtue does not double as an emotion, just as chastity does not double as an emotion. I can feel diligent but it’s not like saying, “I am a sloth today! I feel totally lazy!”
The photograph is from 2011, my daughter and another member of the synchronized swimming team. My daughter started at age 7 and could barely swim one length of the pool, much less two. She fell in love with it and continued until the team disbanded, and then moved on to swim team. It is a spectacularly difficult sport, to dance upside down in the water. They score on the Olympic scale right from the start, earning scores of 1 or 2 out of 10.
Here they are leading a land drill, with younger team members in the water. This is at a meet, so they are ready with their suits and hair pieces for the team performance.
There are so many things that can be approached with diligence that lead to the joy of doing something well and with one’s entire heart…..
Musicians work with great diligence too….here.
For the Daily Prompt: relax.
Well, no, but they aren’t relaxed! This is my daughter and friends from her synchronized swim team in 2011. We have a home show in our small town each year and the parents and friends and grandparents and everyone is asked to come and see our girls perform their routines. They are waiting for the music to start….
But it relaxes me to see this photo and smile and remember. What a lot of work the parents put into supporting the team and driving to meets and making costumes and funding a new underwater speaker and then another one….
And still it makes me smile. And relax.
For the Daily Prompt: Missing. I am a few days late: nearly missed it.
This is our synchronized swim team in 2010. My daughter turned 13 at the end of 2010.
I miss the girls! They will be home from travels and school soon!
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