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Wowto have so much pain so apparent to ones self What an awful burden to stomach Its of no mystery why one would attempt to forget his life or try his best to elude it Perhaps this is the case with Neddy Merrill Why face life gone sour when you can be a hero in your own mind Neddy takes a journey in the form of an afternoon swim and answers that question for us Though Ned may represent the writer or someone he knew I would wager to say that everyone or at least most of us would find if we looked deeply a bit of him inside ourselves By swimming through each pool he is taking us through a segment of his forgotten life one piece at a time From the way Ned thinks he still is we understand how he once was However as the seasons change like pages in the story about him so does Neds life The story begins with a picturesque scene of family hearth rest and contentment Neddy Merrill is a family man casually loitering by a friends pool with his wife and close friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon He has not a care in the world Ned gets up on a Sunday morning with only the mild dilemma of having drunk too much the previous night a worry not requiring too much attention or concern on his part You see Neddy is an easy-going spunky guy with an exuberant spirit about him seemingly ready to take on a good challenge He also displays a sort of cocky ere and appears to have had his fill of adventure and sewing of wild oats So the mere enjoyment of a peaceful afternoon with friends and family is not enough to satisfy someone with Neds appetite for adventure He must have more Therefore Neddy decides after contemplation to enlarge and celebrate the days beauty by undertaking a
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