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My Babies Aren’t Babies Anymore… They are part fish though


My girls took and passed their swimming tests last night, though my youngest had a tough time with the diving part, she breezed through the swimming test. I have a tough time with that one. She quits like I did when I was a kid so I tend to treat her the way I needed to be treated to get over my self-limiting behavior. I worry that I’m too tough on her, but I know that kid – she’s just like her father. Without a stern shove every now and again, I would have tried to stay in the womb.

On the other hand her teacher reminded me of something incredibly important when he asked he what grade she was in. It went like this: [Instructor] “What grade are you in now, third? [Josie] “No, first”. [Instructor] “You mean you’re doing all this and this well and you’re only in first grade”?! That put things in perspective a little better – I have to remember that she’s only six.

Isabella, on the other hand, swims like a great white. Graceful and powerful, at nine years old. She jumped from level four to level six and never blinked. She went from 25 yard repeats to a full 500 yards, non-stop, last night. The most impressive of her 20 trips across the pool was the last 25 yards – it was a strong front crawl, she finished with style… At a 2:12 pace per hundred, with flip turns.

That’s my girls, baby. They do their mom and dad proud.

Congratulations sweethearts,



  1. elisariva says:

    Encourage with love my friend, and praise the heck out of her when she nails it. Congratulations, two awesome young ladies!

    • bgddyjim says:

      They most certainly are. Tough thing about being a dad with daughters… My dad through baseballs at me to get me over my fear of getting hit – I know how to do that… I just have to kick it back a few notches. I think I balance pretty well though. Thanks for the tip. I’ll work on it. 😉

      • elisariva says:

        My father encouraged me to do better by saying things like “you got one B, push for all As”. I am a driver as a result, but it would have be nice to get an “atta boy” once in a while. Remember – you are their best example of how men should treat them. No pressure now…

      • bgddyjim says:

        Actually I like the idea… It’s my one chance to ruin it for all of the losers that will eventually compete for my girls’ attention! 😉

      • elisariva says:

        Then be above reproach, treat them like priceless treasures, and tell them you love them daily. No loser will measure up!

  2. says:

    good for them, looking forward to seeing more of them this summer on the lake.

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