TREADING WATER

Published September 4, 2017 by rochellewisoff

This week Pegman takes us to Poisson-Blanc, Quebec, Canada.

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This week Karen posted the prompt early. And still I’m late. But that depends on your definition of late. 😉 On the other hand, the timing just might be deliberate.  And…while my prompt is from Poisson-Blanc, my story veers far afield and very much about the water. Thanks as always to Karen Rawson and J Hardy Carroll for facilitating this prompt. Fun stuff. Love the extra words and a different challenge. 

Genre: Historical Faction

Word Count: 150

TREADING WATER

            “It’s okay, sweetheart.” Mary knelt beside her dripping daughter. “There’ll be other swim meets.”

            “But I told everybody I was going to win and I came in last.”

            “It’s only your first race.” Richard swept the child into his arms. “You’re only six years old, baby. Someday you’ll have a mantel full of trophies.”

            “Really, Daddy?”

            “Or my name isn’t Dick Chadwick.”

            Five years later, Florence Chadwick won the silver cup in a race across San Diego Bay, the first of many awards.

          In the 1950’s she set her goggled sights on the English Channel, ultimately swimming it four times in both directions.

          On September 4, 1953, she beat the women’s and men’s records, swimming from Dover to Wissant in 14 hours and 42 minutes.

          On that same Friday, across the pond, in Kansas City, Missouri, Bob and Evalyne Wisoff greeted their own little 6 lb. white fish, Rochelle Elise.

In my happy place.

 

Florence Chadwick

43 comments on “TREADING WATER

      • One should be proud of one’s borning day, eh! 🙂 Inspired me to go for a looksee of what has happened historically on my birthday… a lot of nuclear testing, assassinations, wars… at least there’s something good for yours.

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  • You are certainly not a fish out of water when it comes to story-telling, Rochelle. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure who the narrator was in this but it didn’t matter. It didn’t chop and change and the viewpoint was suitably omniscient to work well. Guess I really like to get into my characters, both inside and outside their real-time dialogue – which you excel at.

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    • Dear Kelvin,

      You really nailed me. As a rule, as you already know, I write from one POV of a character whether in 1st or 3rd person. This time, I really didn’t. So it’s definitely an omniscient narrator. I’m glad it didn’t ruin it for you. Needless to say, Miss Chadwick is a personal hero. When I learned that she set a record the day I was born I had to go there. 😉 Thank you so much.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear White Fish,

    Congrats on another anniversary of your birth. I’m told that those lead to a longer life, as do activities like swimming. My favorite part of swimming was my underwater attacks on girls legs (when I was younger). Now, I’m into my “Beached Whale” phase.

    Moby Dick

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    • Dear MD,

      Every day this side of the grass is a good one I’ve heard. Sounds like you were quite the swimmer. Jan says he swims like a rock. I’ve yet to find a purple swimming pool. What’s up with that? Thank you for swallowing the bait and wishing me a happy birthday. It pays to advertise. 😉

      Shalom and glug,

      White (gefilte) Fish

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    • Dear Keith,

      I wish I could take you up on the offer. As for swimming the English Channel…I’m quite happy with my daily mile in the lap pool, Which is not to say I don’t like swimming in the Ocean. I really do…there just aren’t any near me. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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