Photo by Chani Krech
I have a love/hate relationship with water.
It is absolutely necessary for life, and a cold glass of water can be wonderfully refreshing. In fact, I prefer a glass barrier between me and cold water. I do not want cold water to touch any part of my body except my mouth and the organs associated with digestion. This is beginning to become a problem, however. You see, I have a four year old daughter who loves swimming, in any kind of water, and wants me to swim with her.

Part of the problem is that I am rarely hot. It is common for me to be comfortable in long pants in the 90 degree heat. An added concern is that I am often cold. This is more of a problem than you might think. I'm Canadian. It's cold eight months a year here! Many of my friends have compared me to Robert Service's fictional character Sam McGee who is cold his entire life and only gets warm when he is finally cremated.

Now, in the summer it does get hot here in Ottawa, but the water does not....

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