Mary E. Miller Swam The Hudson

By Laura Moncur @ 9:00 am — Filed under:

On September 1, 1915, a 14 year old girl swam across the Hudson river, turned around and swam back. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Miller. This photos is part of the George Grantham Bain Collection at The Library of Congress and it is supposed that it might have been mislabeled. It could be that this photo is a documentation of the famous swim across the Hudson.

Mary E. Miller by The Library of Congress from Flickr

Mary E. Miller by The Library of Congress from Flickr

I used to love swimming when I was a little girl. Now, as an adult, I get no pleasure from spending hours in the pool like I used to. What was so fun when I was younger just seems boring now and I wish I could get that childhood enjoyment out of it again. Part of the problem is that I’m so blind without my glasses or contacts that I can barely see well enough to not bump into things, so swimming is a lot less fun. Part of me just thinks that’s an excuse, though.

It’s not like I have trouble being seen in a swimsuit. I like to lie by the pool in the sun. I have a swimming suit that I love and I shared my methods for getting comfortable with a swimming suit here:

Sometimes the joys of our youth do not translate to joys in adulthood and it’s hard to release them. We just need to find other methods of activity that appeal to us as adults.


2 Responses to “Mary E. Miller Swam The Hudson”

  1. Raven Says:

    I LOVE swimming! It’s definitely one of my favourite summer activities. I prefer swimming across a lake than swimming laps in a pool though. If ever I couldn’t swim due to my eyesight, I’d look into laser eye surgery. Have you considered it? I have a few friends that have gone through the procedure and they say it was the best thing they’d ever done.

  2. Hugo Says:

    I was exactly the same, use to swim as a kid and left it behind me as an adult. Partly because I am not a strong swimmer and partly because as you say swimming lengths can be seriously boring. I guess you can spend time finding things that are entertaining for us as adults and other times I think it is important to let yourself go and just be a kid again. You can always put your sensible pants on again after! Although during the time in the pool just let your hair down a little and enjoy it. I never swim lengths anymore but put a ball, a net and a friend or two in the pool and you will be amazed at the fun you can have. It is also great exercise!

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