26 year’s after Victoria swam for me…
…we watched a video for the FBI. A large of portion of the video is dedicated to one of the inherent risks that an agent may well face; namely, getting shot. One of the clips was a reading of a speech one the agents had on his wall. He would tell people that it made him a better agent. Though I doubt you are actually wondering what speech I could be referring to…here it is.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt
“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
One bright spot in her day…
Thank you so much for taking a closer look at Emily's butterfly stroke. First time she swam pain free in months. Shoulder is tired, but that is to be expected. With Howard going through chemo and things a bit stressful to say the least she really looks forward to swimming. One bright spot in her day (and therefore mine). Thank you for helping her love the sport. I appreciate all that you have done and are doing.Rachel
Life Lessons of Building Character
I am not amazed when things you taught me as 9-10 year old child come back to me, as the things you taught were, and still are, common sense lessons that build character. I am above all hopeful that the children you touch today will also carry these lessons with them for rest of their lives.
"Thanks so much for everything you have done for me and my family…and the entire neighborhood for that matter."
Let Gabriella know how impressed we are with her…
As you are well aware of by now, the Boyce family feels so fortunate to have discovered and immersed ourselves in the JFD program. Of all Nathan's activities (and there are more than I care to admit to!) your program exudes a certain quality that is head and shoulders above any activity Nathan has ever been involved with. In short, we LOVE everything about the way JFD works, to include the awesome bonus practices that you run. These practices are so very beneficial, and yesterday morning, Nathan was assigned his own "private" coach named Gabriella for a significant part of the practice. I must say that I was so impressed with the way she coached Nathan and the way he worked so hard for her. She seemed to have a very special way of motivating him and I felt like I was watching a combination of a mini Coach Shannon English. I am continually amazed at the caliber of your coaches and want you to know that we are fully aware that the strength of your program starts with you, and your ability to impart your knowledge and provide an added spark to those who share your love of coaching. Please let Gabriella know how impressed we are with her.
...developing youth leadership…
Dear Joe, Shannon, Kyle, Joel and so many others, So anyway it is very special to be in your midst and it is Coach Shannon who welcomed a tearful traumatized Mom and a wild 11 year old boy who had been kicked completely off his previous year round swim team. If JFD had not given Andre a chance we may have ended up a broken family with a broken unhealed wild boy- teenager. We are so grateful for your emphasis on character and developing youth leadership and your special ministries for people that are in great need and emotionally hurting.
Sincerely,Molly, Mac and Andre