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February 12, 2024
For more than 20 years I’ve wondered when the right moment might be to tell this story—and now that moment has arrived.
It happened on a sweltering midsummer Saturday, the kind of triple-digit Sacramento Valley scorcher that transforms sandals from footwear into safety devices. At the children’s swim meet we were attending, every racer would emerge from the pool and make straight for the relative oasis of shade offered by the tents and canopies blanketing the lawn just outside the fenced-in pool deck.
The deck itself was lined on two sides by strips of shade produced by aluminum awnings painted an optimistic white, as if the absence of color might shave an extra half-degree off the sun’s relentless exertions. One strip shadowed a line of three-tiered bleachers where parents watched their children race before thrusting water bottles at them and leading them back to shelter. The other side held a row of folding tables manned by parent volunteers, the organizational nerve center of this end-of-July, six-team championship meet.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The son of a writer and an architect, Jason Warburg was building worlds in his imagination before he learned to ride a bike.
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