Hello SK fans, and welcome to the 88th anniversary of the first woman to swim the English Channel. That would be Gertrude Ederle, a New Yorker, who learned to swim only a few years earlier and had already earned an Olympic Gold medal and a World Record. Not bad for a 15 year old.
When she returned from her record-breaking swim from England to France, she was greeted with a ticker-tape parade down Broadway. Hard of hearing since contracting measles as a child, Gertrude, aka Trudy, became essentially fully deaf in adulthood. She then became a swimming instructor to deaf children. She lived until she was 98 years old.
For the record, as a cat, I do not do much swimming, In fact, I only like water when it’s in my water bowl. Regardless, I have tremendous respect for Trudy for taking such a plunge.
Thanks for tuning in, xo, LMA