That’s me. All done. I’ll have Sunday’s back to myself for the first time in almost 14 years. I’m strangely relieved now, but I will miss the kids, parents and staff. Time to go.
I went to leave for my work today, around 40 mins before the start time, as usual. I got into my car and it wouldn’t start. Unflapped I phoned a few people who I thought could give me a lift the 2 miles to work, then my neighbour walked into the driveway after waking his dog and I asked him for a lift.
I walked in to the Leisure centre and had a chat with some of the people I work with. Then just before I was going to go into the pool to start, I met my good friend and ex swim coach Clare, as she was leaving the gym. She left this time last year. Nice to see her anyway.
I’ve met a lot of lovely people in my time as a swimming coach. I’ve taught hundreds of kids and adults to swim, and taught whole families to swim, sibling after sibling after sibling. It’s been a very rewarding thing to do. I’ve been happy doing it and happy helping people.
I’ve met some great friends, parents of kids, and have got to know so many people. Jackie and many others.
I’ve seen kids start, 4 or 5 years old, unable to put their faces in or float. I made them smile and laugh and have fun in the water. And now, a few years on, they’re swimming lengths, and they’re still smiling. And so am I. :-)
But tonight was my last set of lessons. I taught all night. I decided I might as well go in for a few lessons as I’d probably get thrown in at the end by the coaches.
So I had a bit of fun with lots of kids. The classes were quiet, probably to do with being the last week of lessons, it being cold out and close to Christmas. But I still had a good time, and they did too.
I got a wee present last week from one girl, and then tonight I was lucky enough to get a card and gift vouchers for a restaurant from a very nice parent who’s become my mechanic over the years, after I taught his two kids to swim.
My colleague Fraser popped in to say goodbye and give me a hug and a box of matchmakers. I said goodbye to a lot of people I’d already told I was leaving too.
Last but by no means least, I received a nice wee box of maltesers, and a lovely homemade card from two kids, Tess and her sister Kathryn – which maybe rounds it all off nicely:
> ‘To Lorn. You are a very very happy Teacher.’
(They know me well) ;-)
> ‘Dear Lorn. Good luck! Your the best swimming teacher ever. From Tess and Kathryn.’
A nice end to a nice night. All done. The card and envelope are definite keepers. :-) I might just frame them. ;-) and the maltesers, matchmakers and meal out will go down a treat too! Thank you x