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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Three Little Children Learned To Swim

When my paternal grandmother said she would not go boating with the family unless we three children were taught to swim, father gave in and mother signed us up for a couple of lessons at the local swimming pool. I had never been there before, and was never taken there after the lessons, but I did learn to swim. At first I was blowing bubbles with my four-year-old brother which was very embarrassing for a ten-year old, but soon I was swimming like a fish. I loved swimming, and I have been fairly good at it. But when I told my mother that other children had money to buy a treat after swimming, we argued, then she gave me money for the cheapest candy sold at the poolside concession, a black cow (a hard chocolate flavored caramel sucker). It was okay, but I wonder (sixty years later) what my brother and sister got, as she gave them their money aside from me and they ran away to hide it from me. I probably would not remember such a small thing except that it happened so often.

But we all three little fishes learned to swim.

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For the world’s best version of “Three Little Fishes” (written circa 1930), hear Władziu Valentino Liberace sing “Three Little Fishes” and recount his “Near Death Experience”, a juxtaposition only he could do. What a showman!

Caption: Three Little Children Learned To Swim

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018


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