D.C. Kept Swimming Open During the Pandemic. It May Have Saved Me.


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D.C. Kept Swimming Open During the Pandemic. It May Have Saved Me.

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This is a story I wrote in Washington, D.C. in January 2021, during the pandemic, and in the immediate aftermath of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. I had taken up swimming during the pandemic because the city happened to keep some pools open for lap swimming. This new activity brought me solace and comfort during a very difficult time for our city, our nation, and for me personally. This story captures all of this and distills it into a single poignant and emotional moment of solitude and togetherness at the end of the story.

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This item was submitted on June 10, 2021 by Amanda M Wilson using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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