At the lake, everyone swam out to the buoys, leaving her behind. She’d never learned how to do anything but dog-paddle, and was always too nervous to float. So not only was she slower than everyone else, but she had to lug her giant inner-tube out with her. By the time she met up with her friends, they were already halfway into a conversation or a game. Sometimes it occurred to her to ask someone to pull her out, but she was much too stubborn about her independence. It was less embarrassing to deal with her lack of ability alone.