Splash of Skiing
Have you ever gone water skiing? If
you have, then you know how fun it is. If you haven’t,
then you should try it. Either way, read on to hear
about my exciting experience.
We were on our bright blue boat, speeding
along, when my dad said, “Hey, it's your turn!
Want to try water skiing?”
“Umm…” I hesitated
to answer. “It’s a lot of fun. You’ll
really like it. I’ll take you to Dairy Queen
[if you get up],” my dad persuaded. I answered, “Uh,
okay. But is it scary? Am I gonna die?’’ Even
though I was scared, I decided to try it. As I climbed
down the blue bumpy ladder, into the water, I thought,
I want to make my dad proud.
Next thing I know, my dad was out
in the water with me, helping me get on the skis. “Okay,
now, keep your arms out in front of you and
have your knees bent.”
“I’m scared, what’s
going to happen if I fall?” I asked. Floating,
he replied, “Don’t worry, pumpkin. You’ll
be fine. You’ll just float until we come back.” Then
he got back into the boat. Vvvvvv… the boat
went off as water splashed in my face. I must have
let go of the handle. I fell with a SPLASH!
I wanted to try one last time. I waited
a moment for the boat to get started. Vvvvv! I flew
up onto the smooth, green water. It felt like I was
flying, with an ear-to-ear smile! Wow, I thought, this
is awesome! No wonder he wanted me to do this so much!
It was so cool! I was going as fast as a cheetah! But
eventually, I crashed back into the water.
I waited a second for the boat to
come and pick me up. I was thinking about how amazing
the time was. Vvvvvv! The boat came zooming back. I
gladly got back on. “So, you don’t want
to go again?” my dad asked. Even though it was
fun, I was exhausted. I answered, “No thanks.
I still get to go to Dairy Queen, right?” “Of
course,” he said.
Later that day, my dad and I went
to Dairy Queen. I ordered a hot fudge sundae, and then
we sat down at a table. Just then, my dad was telling
me how proud he was. “Well, I’m glad I
tried it. It was awesome!” I exclaimed. Then
we ate our ice cream and went back home.
That day, I learned something new.
Don’t just assume something’s scary, try
it! It was the most wonderful day of my life! And that
was my water skiing experience!
Note: This essay was written by my daughter while
in the 4th-grade. Besides bringing a little tear
to my eye, it reminds us of what things are important
in life and how much fun can be had with a little
$5000 ski boat and a pair of borrowed skis!