My Q, your A: Quitting while you're ahead?

If you want to see what was in the mystery boxes in my garage, check out the pictures in this post.

In honor of the Olympics, Shannon and I have decided to have tea every day for the duration of the games. Join us, please. We'll be doing it at 4 Eastern/3 Central but you can do it whenever makes sense for you. I think Shannon is actually doing tea and scones, but I'll be doing coffee and celery-with-peanut-butter.

I am insane for the Olympics, and have had all the qualifying round soccer games on whenever they show them on NBC Sports. How about the US women, eh? I'm very sad that I'm missing the Opening Ceremony because I'll be in class tonight. (Not least of which because I'll be in class tonight. Sigh.)

So here's a dilemma: My kids finished their swim lessons for the summer this week (before leaving on a road trip with their dad) and both did well and advanced to the next level. My 10-year-old, in particular, is getting very good--he knows all four strokes, dives well, is increasing his stamina and refining his technique. His teacher said he'd do well on the swim team. But he doesn't want to keep swimming.

I'm kind of baffled by this. I COMPLETELY understand not doing things you're NOT good at, and that's been the struggle of my whole life. I think running may be the first thing I ever stuck with that I sucked at, and I am so, so glad I did.

But being good at something and not keeping going with it kind of stumps me. Especially when it's a sport, and he knows he has to be involved in some kind of sport (his dad and I think it's important), so why not go with one you're good at?

Has anyone been through this? When I was in high school I was a pretty serious singer, but made the decision to go to a liberal arts college instead of pursing singing. But I'm not sure it's the same thing, since I didn't stop singing, I just didn't pursue it professionally.

Have you flat-out quit something you were good at? Has your child? If you did something well and continuedd doing it even when you didn't want to, did you eventually enjoy it?