Remembering the strange things Fathers do~JAWS 40th Anniversary


Lake Tahoe in the Summer

Lake Tahoe in the Summer

Everyone has a Father, good or bad, known or unknown, sperm donor, etc. It takes two to Tango.

An involved Dad doesn’t have a “play book” to follow when raising his children. dievca commends and honors all involved Fathers who have done their best to raise their kids. Master is a wonderful Father — he has done a phenomenal job with his offspring.

dievca, herself, is lucky to have a wonderful Father and has many fond memories of activities, situations and love shared. she is fully aware of the time, sweat and tears poured into her growth as a human being, but she also has some strange memories…

One such memory is an outing to the movies.

dievca was 6 years old and her Mother wanted her out of the house while she set up for a party. dievca’s Dad was tasked with taking her to the movies. dievca thought she was going to see a kids movie until her Dad said, “Bring a stuffed animal”.
They were going to see “Jaws”.


dievca watched the movie attached to her Dad’s arm, clinging like a barnacle, with one eyeball peering out from behind her stuffed animal. she didn’t understand the movie, but she knew her Daddy didn’t always get a chance to see his movies – so she would push through and never swim in the ocean. Ever. No problem with that, dievca lived in the Midwest and only swam in swimming pools.

There was some fear when she swam for the first time in Lake Tahoe (photo above) at 8 years old because it was a deep lake, but sharks didn’t live in lakes. And the good news was that her Dad took her on the Universal Studios Backlot Tour in Hollywood, where the Studio Tour tram passed through several sets from the film Jaws and was then attacked by the shark known as JAWS while driving by the faux Amity Harbour shoreline.

So, the fear of sharks was gone by the time dievca swam in the ocean for the 1st time at 9 years old. But, no one told her that she would be carried down the beach by the waves when she played in the ocean.

dievca and her Mom arrived early on the ocean and their rental home wasn’t ready for occupancy. They went down to the beach and her Mother fell asleep for 2 hours while dievca drifted along the shoreline and became lost. Her Mother wasn’t worried if dievca was o.k. Her Mom was worried that dievca’s Dad was going to kill her for losing his precious daughter.

Her Mom didn’t have her glasses on and started yelling at a girl who looked like dievca, but wasn’t dievca. It was dievca’s doppelgänger. When dievca was found, she was introduced to her body double and they became best friends for two weeks. Same age, same birthdays, same coloring, similar swimsuits, etc.
A surreal experience.

Mom, Dad and dievca still laugh about the story.

Yesterday was the 40th Anniversary of JAWS.
And dievca watched JAWS for the first time since being 6 years old on the big screen at SVA. she didn’t remember much, but the movie was really good. It has held up well against time.

she will be calling her Dad for Father’s Day and is going to tell him about how good the movie was…..40 years later. 🙂


15 Comments on “Remembering the strange things Fathers do~JAWS 40th Anniversary”

  1. esther says:

    such wonderful memories ❤

  2. jackiemallon says:

    Happy Daddy’s Girl! xo

    • dievca says:

      A very happy Daddy’s girl – and someone else enjoyed her Daddy, too, I believe. My Dad laughed when I reminded him about seeing Jaws. No remorse for scaring the tar out of a 6 year old. 😀

  3. A day of remembrance for me… which I did, having dad’s favourite seafood for dinner. Greetings from another daddy’s girl 🙂
    PS: I haven’t watched Jaws in ages, but still remember being so scared and never swimming into deep sea for a very long time after! Much of the fear has gone now but the very knowledge of it still is there at the back of the mind!
    PS1: What has become of your doppelganger? I wonder… Would she still look like Dievca without mom’s glasses? xxx

    • dievca says:

      When I was writing this late after the movie (might be why it’s a bit disjointed…) I wondered about the girl. Her name was Elizabeth. She had a bathing suit with stars on it, too. I think we lost touch because we both were not good penpals. She wore glasses and I got glasses that summer….I hope she doesn’t still look like me, I hope she is more beautiful. 😉 XO

    • dievca says:

      PS. What a great way to remember your Dad. I’ll bet the meal was amazing. It was lovely to be Daddy’s girl wasn’t it?

  4. Reminds me of the time I babysat my siblings for the first Father got me ‘Alien’ as a suitable movie!!..But it is quite rare I get to fly to remote planets… xxx

  5. hispetitelle says:

    That movie scared the hell out of me. I had to get past the fear of the ocean fast because trips to Long Island beaches were frequent. We have family in the Hamptons and when I learned there were Great White off Montauk Point you couldn’t get me to put a toe in the water out there.

    • dievca says:

      People are having trouble with the sharks, right now…conversations about it all over. I was supposed to head out on the A train to the Rockaways, today. But, I’m still under-the-weather. A “low-key” day, instead. No sharks.

      • hispetitelle says:

        Take the Epsom salt bath I told you about. It’s very healing. Most people don’t use enough Epsom salt. You need a minimum of 4 cups, more if you have a large tub. The baking soda balances the pH and helps the magnesium absorb through the skin.

      • dievca says:

        That required a run to Duane Reade — I didn’t move out of the apt. yesterday. Today, I can. LARGE tub – old school.

      • hispetitelle says:

        It’s a 2 to 1 ratio. Use 6 cups Epsom and 3 cups baking soda. Hot as you can stand it. Drink lots of water with squeezes of lemon juice. Soak until pruney.


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