a child's first exposure to water: 18 months, curious and shivering, he runs on brown wet sand under the wide cloudy sky to the blue gray lake up to his knees, lapping against his legs. He feels the mud oozing between his toes. Light glimmers on the waves, and splashing, he tries to catch it. Hands in the wind-tossed water, he grins. When the wind roars and pushes him back, his hair stands on end. he stumbles and turns and sees his mother, blonde like him, her hair wrapped up in a knot, windswept dressed in white her belly round and soft and full like the moon-- there like she always is, waiting and watching with care even when he can't see her. Like the tide coming in, he goes to her.