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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

The early years of our Granddaughter Gabrielle summers with us

Posted 23, 2017

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Gabrielle would spend four weeks with us every summer, and we did many things together in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia.

She and I swam in the pool at Bayside Recreation Center in Virginia Beach. I must say we swam the breast and back strokes, together, the only two kinds of swimming I ever learned, but I learned to float a couple of laps, at a time, in the Olympic Pool at the spa. When I sat on the edge of the pool at the recreation center, Gabrielle swam in deeper water, treading and swimming the American Crawl and jumping off the diving board to my delight and Bennie’s delight. Swimming with Gabrielle was as joyous to me, as it seemed to her. Yet, it was more than that for me. When I was her age, I didn’t even know the names of swimming or of pools. In fact, with my state farm organization were treated to a pool outing in Raleigh, North Carolina, most of the rural children swam, but I stood up against the wall, too afraid to walk out in the water. Surely, I sat on the edge of the pool happy that my granddaughter Gabrielle was a good swimmer and both she and her mother, Trina, could swim many laps in Olympic pools.

I felt thankful to be able to joyfully swim with my Sixth-Generation Shaw Granddaughter Gabrielle and enjoy the progress that had been made over the generations. In this closing, I ask you to find something good in your family that has evolved over time, and enjoy, not ignore, it.

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