This weekend was the state swim meet, and it was a big deal for Mik—he swam his little arms off, and his relay team qualified for Age-Group Sectionals in three races. He's been dying to go to Sectionals but is miles away from qualifying in any individual event, so he was really, really thrilled. And he should be; the boys were amazing, and I'm really happy for them.
I'm less happy for myself, though, because now I'm racked with qualms. Am I really going to drive him 1,600 miles, have him miss two more days of school, and pay for four nights in a hotel and four days of restaurants, just so he can swim three relays? There are three other kids who want to do those races, and it would be a great experience for Mik, but is it $1,500+ worth of experience?
Probably not, right? And he's only 12. What would you do?