Swimming, Singing, and Diplomacy

My father, Robert C. Amerson, was an American Foreign Service officer with the United States Information Agency during the Cold War. Building relationships was an essential part of his diplomatic responsibilities, “winning hearts and minds” for America. Growing up as the perpetual new kid in school gave me the ability to quickly make new friends.…

LEARNING TO SWIM

IT WAS THE SUMMER BETWEEN SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE. I HAD A YEAR OF LIVING IN SUBURBAN AMERICA UNDER MY BELT AND A WHOLE LOT OF LEARNING AHEAD OF ME. I COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED THAT I’D END UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THAT WATER WOULD SAVE MY LIFE. This summer, we wouldn’t be going…