From 1971 to 2000, Wendy Sanford was a founding coauthor and editor of Our Bodies, Ourselves, a classic resource on women’s health and sexuality published by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Her essay “Pecans” won honorable mention in the 2005 Gulf Coast Nonfiction Contest. That essay and the one published here are from her memoir in progress, White People Swimming. A graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Polly Attwood, her partner of twenty-seven years. Sanford is an active Quaker and grandmother to three girls.