I went outside and found the snow melting and receding into the earth. I put on my swim trunks and ran out and into to the lake. The water was cold. It made my mind and heart slow down.

I floated on my back in the water. A whale came by. The whale said, “It’s good to see you again.”

I said, “It’s good to see you too.”

We floated together for a while.

I said, “What did you do for winter?”

The whale said, “I was down in the waters of South America for five months.”

I said, “How come you don’t stay down there?”

The whale said, “I like hanging out with you.”

I said, “Me too.”

A school of shrimp came by.

The whale said, “LUNCH!”

The whale ate half of them. He saved the other half for me. I collected them together and sat on the whale’s back and ate them. It felt good to let the sun warm me.

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