For 30 years then, our neighbors, with varying degrees of success, have been trying to move forward, while the best we've been able to manage is to dog-paddle
in place, or get swept backward, for a time, until we can dog-paddle
again to try to inch forward against the tide of populism and dictatorial nostalgia.
To help her gain confidence, I cradled her under her belly, let her dog-paddle
for a few seconds, then quickly set her back down where her paws could touch bottom.