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Then my friend Claire said, what about Stella? And it stuck: Stella Lucille. Some people will hear Stella, always, in the eternal bellow of 52 Ready for Air Marlon Brando: Stella! But it is strong, too, spoken in a whisper. We hope she will be feisty and confident, someone with whom to reckon. This is what I’m counting on now, that she will be strong enough to live, to fight on her own, outside me. Then Donny is at my shoulder. “She’s going upstairs,” he exclaims. ” I know he’s smiling; I can hear it in his voice.
It didn’t matter that all I had to do was breathe. I couldn’t take a breath, couldn’t trust the mask and the tank on my back. I kicked as hard as I could to the surface of the pool and ripped off the mask, gulping air. The nurse smiles again and pulls the straps from my head. ” she says. ” She places the mask in my hand and raises it to my mouth. ” I nod, sucking at the stream of air. ” My family has moved to the waiting lounge. I’m not sure if they sensed my need for quiet or if I asked them to go, but now Donny and I are alone in the dark of my hospital room.
I call my mom, who has a bad cold and doesn’t think she should come down to the hospital and risk getting me sick. I cough into the receiver. It’s still there, the tightness in my chest, the dry hacking. I am sick, I almost say, but don’t. And of course I don’t want another cold on top of all of this. ” It feels crowded in the room anyway, with Dad and Rachel both here, and even though it has been years since my parents’ divorce and they are cordial, it’s sometimes easier to be with one of them at a time.