When I finally reached the age to go to the local pool without a parent I did this one time. I was fully expecting not to be saved by the teenage lifeguards, but an older teen girl who was swimming nearby did saved me. We met up at the swimming pool often after that and she never let me feel alone. I liked hanging out with an older girl who gave me time. I’d always wished my own older sister had shown more interest, but I took the attention where I could get it. I’ve always been grateful for that summer experience.