At the pool, there were no shirts, only solid and striped Speedos or baggy trunks. ... While we were there, I picked out nose clips, ear plugs, and goggles. ... with my mother, asking her to change her mind just this once, promising to do better at the next lesson, no matter what it was. ... I wondered if I could make myself faint, maybe hit my head on a piece of furniture, do something, anything to avoid gettinganbsp;...