Letter From Granma

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on January 12, 2015


There are bystanders in life and doers.   I would classify your dad, Doug, as a doer.   A doer is a person who acts instead of merely talking or thinking.  He gets things done.

I know sometimes you get frustrated because he is constantly busy, and cannot sit still for very long.  If he doesn’t have a project, he finds one or is active in some other way.   He is constantly busy.  Sometimes you tell me that you wish he wasn’t always so busy, but then I look at you and your daily life.  You are a doer as well.  You are always “busy”.  In fact, that used to frustrate me…when I lived far away.  You were always so “busy” that you had no time for me…not even time to talk on the phone.

This past weekend your dad swam over 3 miles in the cold Tampa Bay in an open water swim to support the Navy Seal Foundation.  The race is an incredible event to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation, last year raising $275,000 alone!  The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare Community and its families.  http://www.navysealfoundation.org/

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Participating in the 2015 Tampa Bay Frogman 5 K Swim was not an easy task, nor was it inexpensive.  It was a commitment of time, energy, and resources.  Not only did your dad take the time to raise money toward a goal he set for himself, but he also took time to train.  Part of his “vacation” in Aruba was spent in the open water swimming to prepare for this event.  Once back in Norfolk he did the same.

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He also managed to enter the event which filled in a record 30 minutes.  That in itself took a plan of action.  There were also the expenses of the entry fee and the travel to Tampa for the event.

I know that you were able to experience this event in 2014 and it made an impression on you as you watched the participants finish.  I also know that your dad appreciated the time you took to write your letter expressing the impact the experience made on you last year…which he used this year in his fund raising efforts.

frogman 2014

We should be very proud of his accomplishment and the example that he sets for all of us.  We should all strive to be “Doers”.



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