setting and the river was flowing with the change of light. The one ski doo never did quite make it any further then the 30 feet. One young man was so exhausted from flip-flopping his paddling feet that he almost laid his head down in pure disappointment and would have surely floated down stream.
The flip-flopping was getting to be less enthusiastic and to the point that you could hear his silent words, "if I only had a rope to pull me in". I could see this in his face and hear it in his exhausted breath. Lynn had decided to grab hold of the machine and pull him in closer to shore. His legs so tired from paddling that he was unsure if he had reached a point to even stand.
I know it really isn't funny the disappointment he experienced. When they came to shore to load their machines back on the trailer I decided to ask them if it was worth saving the fifty dollars an hour. They were tuckered out and shook their heads. I told them who I was and that I had just elected them into my written work for The People News. I then asked ok ... what advice do you have for the readers of this article on sportsmanship along the river.
A very quick reply from the two at the same moment they gave the same answers, "SAFETY FIRST, TAKE YOUR ITEMS TO A PROFESSIONAL, SPEND THAT FIFTY DOLLARS, THEN YOU CAN ENJOY YOURSELF" and I dare to say not paddle your life away. I must say Ryan and Kurtis were the most courteous I have ever head at the river. Never once did you hear them swear or get edgy or foul. Not even using words that describe when you see a monkey eating grass. They were very respectable of their surroundings. I hope you young men were successful in getting the machines available for your river venture. For if anyone deserved a good time on the water you two did. Thanks for giving us humor, being kind and my little story.
LITTLE WET FEET
I had to include this tiny little item. On the same day as the story above there was a young family at the river; the lady had just had her baby two weeks prior to sitting there. Her younger son or nephew, I am not sure which, but he was about three years old, he wanted so badly to get into the water, he would go up on the dock and look into the water, but he never got in.
There was not a lot that he could do except to run around as children do. He had sandals on his feet and he kept saying all he wanted to do was get his feet wet. Eventually he convinced his Mommy to let him get just his feet wet. She sent the older child with him to where the water meets the shore on the ramp. The little guy sat down and was going to take his shoes off and the older boy was worried about him getting his clothes wet and pulled him straight up, he protested with "I want to get my feet wet." Into the water they stepped, I have never seen such glory on a child's face as what lit up this one. His eyes beamed as if Heaven had touched him.
His smile was wider than any one I have seen. His eyes twinkled with a new found spirit. They reminded me of our children when they were young. The little boy walked out of the water, stood in front of me looking with those star gazed eyes and exclaimed "I got my feet wet" and never lost his smile. I can still see his grin. That was a very precious moment in a child's life and it was in mine too.
Ahh, the time has come to sum this one up as I do all of them, to make a point or not I suppose.
It is nice to have the fore thought that we know everything and don't need specialists to do the job for us at any set price, until we see that what we thought we knew wasn't what we knew at all. Aching muscles are in fact a way to remind us how much effort we put into what we believe we can do, until we are caught going downstream without a paddle and realizing our feet are no substitute. We can take that lesson from a child. Even if we can't jump right in the middle of the ocean we can still get our feet wet and still be just as happy. The chuckle will be handed down I am sure, as the next guy who thinks saving a dollar is better wisdom than paying he who has the wisdom. Have a continued safe summer everyone. Invest in a pair of flippers.