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Re: [MOL] Chicken soup..goals in site



Dear Carla,

I remember all of Florence Chadwicks attempts and successes when we were
growing up. She was a great great inspirtation and hero. Thank you for
this posting.

God Bless
marty

> Carla wrote:
> 
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> 
> When she looked [Souper Shops!  Great gifts from great shops!]
> ahead, Florence
> Chadwick saw
> nothing but a   [Easy online shopping from your favorite catalogs]
> solid wall of
> fog. Her body   [When a disability strikes, your earning power stops.  Click here to learn more about your earning power should you become disabled.]
> was numb. She
> had been
> swimming for
> nearly sixteen
> hours.
> 
> Already she was
> the first woman
> to swim the
> English Channel
> in both
> directions.
> Now, at age 34,
> her goal was to
> become the
> first woman to
> swim from
> Catalina Island
> to the
> California
> coast.
> 
> On that Fourth
> of July morning
> in 1952, the
> sea was like an
> ice bath and
> the fog was so
> dense she could
> hardly see her
> support boats.
> Sharks cruised
> toward her lone
> figure, only to
> be driven away
> by rifle shots.
> Against the
> frigid grip of
> the sea, she
> struggled on -
> hour after hour
> - while
> millions
> watched on
> national
> television.
> 
> Alongside
> Florence in one
> of the boats,
> her mother and
> her trainer
> offered
> encouragement.
> They told her
> it wasn't much
> farther. But
> all she could
> see was fog.
> They urged her
> not to quit.                                                                                                                                                    om
> She never had .
> . . until then.
> With only a
> half mile to
> go, she asked
> to be pulled
> out.
> 
> Still thawing
> her chilled
> body several
> hours later,
> she told a
> reporter,
> "Look, I'm not
> excusing
> myself, but if
> I could have
> seen land I
> might have made
> it." It was not
> fatigue or even
> the cold water
> that defeated
> her. It was the
> fog. She was
> unable to see
> her goal.
> 
> Two months
> later, she
> tried again.
> This time,
> despite the
> same dense fog,
> she swam with
> her faith
> intact and her
> goal clearly
> pictured in her
> mind. She knew
> that somewhere
> behind that fog
> was land and
> this time she
> made it!
> Florence
> Chadwick became
> the first woman
> to swim the
> Catalina
> Channel,
> eclipsing the
> men's record by
> two hours!
> 
>    By Author
>     Unknown
>   Submitted by
>  Michele Borba
>    from A 2nd
>    Helping of
>   Chicken Soup
>  for the Soul
>  Copyright 1995
>     by Jack
>   Canfield and
>   Mark Victor
>     Hansen
> 
>
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