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Reflecting on a return to swimming

by Donia Bijan

The first pool I went to was a bus ride away from my house. I was 6 but I still know the smell of it and I carry with me the shame I felt for not knowing yet how to swim. At home, I was smaller than everyone else but I was the biggest kid on that bus to my first swim lesson, too old for the songs they were singing. I was angry at my mother for signing me up for swim school with babies without asking me and I went without knowing why.

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