#DailyWritingPrompt for today:
On August 6 1926, New Yorker Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, a task previously thought impossible for a woman to achieve. Whilst I’d never impose a sexuality or gender identity on someone else, I think it’s interesting that she never married and lived all her life with a group of female friends in NYC.
The prompt: Write some form of tribute to Ederle’s cross-channel swim; or write about a time you were immersed in water and something shifted for you; or write about a challenge you’ve overcome, using water as a metaphor within the piece.
My response: I wrote about the effort of the body striving to reach the shore. Pretty obvious metaphor! but I enjoyed some things around repetition and rhythm, thinking about how I feel when I swim hard, the feeling of getting through it.