Flail or Flip

I lived at the pool as a kid. I turned cartwheels from the side of the pool into the water. I performed dives, both forward and backward, from the curved edge of the water. Maddeningly, I could not summon the courage to jump from the diving board. The board was a mere five feet above…

Unlimited Room

When I was six years old, I wanted to be Dorothy Hamill. Dorothy Hamill skated so beautifully over the crystalline surface of the ice. I coveted her life so much that I even asked for a Dorothy Hamill haircut (which looked more like a boys’ bowl cut on me). I skated for hours a day,…

Am I Hearing Things?

This morning–around 2 a.m.–I thought I had finally lost my mind. (I have a sneaking suspicion that a certain family member, who has up to this point escaped a diagnosis, may pass along mental instability to me.) A noise had awoken me but in my sleep stupor I couldn’t figure out what it was. I…