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Old 07-16-2017, 10:05 AM
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I grew up in a wonderful beach town in Southern California. My mother insisted on pool swimming lessons every summer followed by Red Cross tests to assure I could swim well enough to brave the waves of the ocean.

I loved swimming and, except for cold and foggy June gloom, I generally liked the lessons. However, I hit a large brick wall when I got to the Red Cross test item which required staying underwater for 1 minute. I just couldn't hold my breath that long. I still remember staying after class for another try. The instructor, kind and patient and encouraging, and I were the only ones in the pool. Mom stood, fingers crossed, nearby on the deck. 6 attempts. 6 failures. The instructor passed me anyway. Maybe she wanted to go home. I prefer to think she was kind.
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