This was a big milestone for my son in so many ways.

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This was your third summer to try to pass the Advanced Beginner swim test. In previous years, you lacked the strength to repeatedly swim the length of the pool. If we are honest, you also lacked the necessary maturity, preferring to play around in the pool rather than to concetrate on the task at hand. But this year ... well, this year would be your year. I cannot tell you, Bear, how proud I was of you. Proud not only that you passed the test but, more so, that you showed real progress in your ability to focus and work hard over the course of those two weeks to achieve your goal. You have grown so much, and it excites me to see the young man you are becoming.

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