I’ve most often been the one who waits for others to jump into any activity before I take the plunge. More comfortable being a spectator than risk looking silly. But there came a time in high school when I grew bored with this default behavior. Here’s a guest post I wrote about what happened next, for my Association of Personal Historians colleague, Sarah White, for her blog. I was reminded of this story while traveling on the Coventry Rhode Island Trestle Trail.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.
2 responses to “Ready to Dive In?”
great essay. and i’ve always been impressed that you could work as a lifeguard, which i never could. [great shortage this summer — saw signs recruiting them on i-95. coming back from maine. talk to you soon. love mg
great visit with em.
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Thanks for reading. I credit our mom for my love of swimming, but my lifeguarding work was indeed a direct result of my diving experience–got a job with the town of Ft. Lauderdale teaching springboard diving in their summer swim program. I didn’t know a lot, but I knew enough!