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Toe No More

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When I was a kid, whenever I'd go swimming, I had a particular method. I would step down onto the first step, then walk all the way around the pool. Next, I would step down onto the second step, then back out and all the way around. Then, one more time down to the third step, back out and all the way around. Finally, I'd step onto the bottom of the pool, then slowly lower myself in and under.

I don't like being cold. It makes me cranky. (My mother and I have this in common. Love you, mom!) In my little seven-year-old mind, this slow, around and around process kept me warmer for longer. Delayed the inevitable coldness you feel when you first get in the pool. Now, as an adult, I don't subscribe to this approach. I may not be the cannonball type just yet, but I definitely get in a lot faster. (If I don't, my brother throws me in...) I understand now that delaying the discomfort does not make it any easier. If anything, it makes it worse. Instead of two seconds of adj…