Just Keep Swimming


Disney’s cartoon movie, Finding Nemo, came out in 2003 and fans have been happily quoting from it ever since. Some of the flick’s more memorable lines are:

  •  I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.
  •  He touched the butt.
  • Hey. You guys made me ink.
  • I didn’t come this far to be breakfast.
  • Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.
  • I’m H2O intolerant.
  • Just keep swimming.

When the northeastern United States was hit by Snowstorm Nemo this past Friday, the last quote seemed especially fitting to many. Life often gives us no choice other than to plod forward through the tough times. Builds character, right?

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Two of our vehicles, wipers up.

Jolyse Barnett PhotographyI grew up in the Adirondacks, so I’m not frightened by a little snow, or even a lot, but I have to admit the commute home in white-out conditions ranked as one of my more harrowing experiences as a driver. Once home, howevever, I was able to enjoy nature’s beauty. Old Man Winter and Jack Frost had painted everything white.

My favorite image, though, was the sight of my neighbor’s flags flying proudly.

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After the Storm

After the Storm

Don’t let the storms in life get you down, there are always blessings and signs of hope ahead. Hang in there! Spring is around the corner, and you will enjoy it even more for having weathered the difficult days.

How has your winter been? If you live in the north, what are you looking forward to most when warm weather returns?

What’s your favorite Finding Nemo line, and why?

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 17:38:33

    Keep on swimming is my favorite. In fact I have a Dory fish sitting on my desk where I write. And I sent one to my mom when she was having some medical problems. I had to explain it and she thought it was great.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 11, 2013 @ 18:04:26

      I also love whispering “He touched the butt” whenever we happen to be at marina. It never gets old. I hope your mom is doing much better. Thanks for stopping by, Donna, and stay warm. 🙂

  2. Jill Weatherholt
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 18:22:08

    I was hoping you would post some photos from Nemo, Jolyse. I am glad you made it home safe and was able to enjoy the beauty. Love the photo of the flags! So far, the winter in Charlotte has been uneventful. I am hoping it stays that way because I am dying to break out the cute sandals!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 11, 2013 @ 20:21:18

      There are some great photos through our local news. You can go to News12.com for photos and even video coverage of cars stuck on the highways. I’m happy your winter has been tamer than ours. It’s been quite a ride, and I’m ready to break out those sandals too! 🙂

  3. Gwen Hernandez
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 11:38:06

    We’re getting nowhere near the cold and snow you have, but I’m not very winter tolerant. Can’t wait for more sun and 65 degrees. Glad you got home okay.

    The Pixar movies have so many good lines. I know more of those than most adult movies, I’m sad to say. The ones you picked out are some of my favorites from Finding Nemo too.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 17:10:07

      Our winters are generally quite mild compared to many in the northeast, being on the ocean like we are. However, this has been an odd year. I’m with you…looking forward to sunny days, sixty-five and above. (Hey, who am I kidding? I’d prefer it to be tropical hot…sunny and 80-90s. LOL)

      Kids’ movies are great. No need to hang your head in shame. 🙂

  4. Raewyn Hewitt
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 00:15:15

    I feel a bit mean saying we’re in the middle of one of our best summers on record in New Zealand. I’ve never seen anything like the snow in your pictures – at least you can look on the bright side.

    Strangely ‘just keep swimming’ was the thing that kept me going during the birth of my second child. (The eldest was young, so we had watched Nemo a number of times in the run up). So I’ll always have a soft spot for Dory… Saying that my husband’s name is Bruce so for years he was known as Bruce the shark by lots of small children…

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 13, 2013 @ 17:49:48

      I’m happy you’re having a wonderful summer, Raewyn. It balances out the bitter winter we’re having, right?

      Thanks for sharing how Finding Nemo helped your through a laborious event and your family connection to Bruce the Shark. 🙂

  5. Julie Glover
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 16:14:03

    Bless you and your snow challenge! And here I was at lunch chatting with my friend about how soon we can go to the beach. (Wanna come? Won’t be long now!)

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Feb 13, 2013 @ 18:02:33

      That is incredible. I’m a bit jealous, but excited for you! Enjoy your beach days and be sure to include photos from your outings. That way, we northern types can live vicariously through your adventures. Yes, I’d love to come. I already told hubby I have so many friends in Texas, I’m anxious to go see them someday. Hopefully soon!! 🙂

  6. Jan Romes
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 16:49:40

    Jolyse, those snow photos are amazing! I love snow, but seriously, that’s too much. We’ve had more snow this year than last. All in all, it’s been tolerable. The older I get the more I appreciate warm/hot weather. I’m anxious to plant my garden, although I know I have at least two more months before that can happen.

    I think ‘I’m H2O intolerant’ is funny 🙂 Thanks for the chuckle!

    *think spring, Jolyse*

    Hugs,

    Jan

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