Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Things Missing At the Olympic Games

Tomorrow will mark the five month anniversary of the passing of my Mom.  As I watch the swimming competition at the Summer Olympics in London I can't help but remember all the great times spent with my Mom at my competitive swim meets growing up.

She was always there.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated swimmer in the history of the sport.  It's hard not to admire his discipline and the support he has received from his Mom.  A lot of people just don't realize how difficult of a sport it is, and the drive it takes to achieve at such a high level.

He has done it with style and grace.

We see so many stories about these great athletes and what they've been through to get to this level.  But we very seldom hear about the true significance or the sacrifices of the parents and coaches, and the support they provide.  There is not a better feeling than to look up and see your parents sitting in the stands at a big event. 

We all have great support systems in our lives.  It could be a co-worker, friend, colleague, mentor, or coach.  But none can surpass our Moms.

I sure miss mine.