"The Brick" by Howard Pearre
A young Boy Scout away at camp confronts the murkiness of homesickness by diving into earning his swimming merit badge.
Howard Pearre retired in 2015 after a career as a counselor and manager with NC Vocational Rehabilitation and the Veterans Administration. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he is a member of Winston-Salem Writers. His short fiction pieces have appeared in Second Spring and Silver Arts publications. He has six grandchildren, avoids Saturday crossword puzzles, and makes fig wine.