Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Brenda Peterson is the author of three novels: River of Light, Becoming the Enemy, and Duck and Cover. Her latest book, Nature and Other Mothers, will be published in May by Harper Collins. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
At the age of two, I saw the ocean for the first time. I threw wide my short arms and ran shouting, straight into the Pacific, where an undertow reached out to embrace me. I still remember the upside-down whirlpool of warmth, like the womb out of which I’d so recently swum.