I learned to swim underwater, emulating Flipper, long before mastering the
Australian Crawl or butterfly. My daddy insisted that I practice more conventional
Strokes, but I knew that mermaids and the fishes cared nothing for such
Artifice, preferring instead a supple undulation of fins to any manipulation
Of useless arms. I eschewed splashing in favor of rhythmic kicks and leg extensions
Gliding beneath the surface with measured breaths to surface giddy with freedom.