she asked me if i believed in god and i told her that when i was four i almost drowned in a public pool and in my panic mistook a stranger for my father. i clawed my way up his leg. four years later he'd send my parents a picture of the scars alongside a tin of cookies. he said, "i hope she's still okay. i carry her with me. it isn't every day you save a life. it isn't every day you feel like you were here for a reason. when it does happen, you have to cherish that memory. for once, i had a purpose. just being there was enough. she tore me open but she taught me a lot about love."