I have a friend, Jennifer McIntyre, who teaches English here at school and is a swimmer-type. She swam competitively in high school and tells wonderful stories about the sport. Like practicing at 4:00 in the morning before school. What? Also, I didn't know that swimmers don't shave their legs when preparing for competition. Jennifer said that used to be real fun for dances and dates. High school boys love them some hairy-legged women. To be honest, I don't know if she had any dates back then. More about water with today's essay...
Water for Neurotics by Natalie So
I really enjoyed this essay. It's about how the author goes to her happy calm place when she is swimming. This is something that I absolutely cannot relate to since I am unable to swim. I had lessons four times as a little kid and none of them took. I had a guy who swam in the Olympics try to teach me and he failed. I always just freak out when I'm in a pool. I always sink to the bottom like a lead balloon. When I got fat in my twenties, I thought the bright side would be that I would finally float. Even fat, I sank. There is really no good spin to be put on being fat.
Essay: 9 of 10
This essay is all about description and Natalie So's wonderful voice. Her description of what it feels like to swim and lose herself in the action is gorgeous. This is another writer that makes me jealous of her skills. It appears so effortless, yet I know it wasn't.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I will absolutely most definitely use this essay in my classroom. It is a great example of personal narrative and would make a wonderful example essay for a student to write about something that brings them peace or joy. I love this essay.