Jessica A. Beck: My Personal Legend – Looking Up


My first memory on earth is drowning. I was four and I slipped under in the deep end in an indoor pool.  I didn’t fight or scream or try to swim. I just sank and stood, two little feet flat on the bottom, my head going dizzy, looking up at the world above me as it faded slowly into nothing. Someone whose face I can’t remember sitting with their legs in the water noticed at the very last moment and reached in to pull me out. I was yanked by my arms from the black depths of emptiness and up onto the cold tile. With a small gasp, my vision flew back and crashed into the front of my skul...

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