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Flying through clouds

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Glassy water

Glassy water


I’m resting after more than a week at the lake house. A week filled with lots of water activities, lots of family, lots of sun, good food, laughter and quiet conversations.

Last night I randomly read blog entries from years past, blogs about hanging out at the lake. I came across this one written in 2010 that talked about being afraid to try water skiing after years of skiing only occasionally during summer visits.

It seemed appropriate because in the past couple days I’ve water skied twice. Neither time was for a very long distance, though I got up on the first try each time.

But it was still scary.

Scared

Scared

You think about how hard it’s going to be to get your heavier person up on that ski. How the boat will pull. Lots of water rushing over your head. Falling. You think maybe it’s best to retire from skiing. After all you’re older then you used to be. You’re no athlete. You might get hurt.

Then you think about your mom who was older than you are right now and still skied once a year just to prove she could. And you think about the fact the lake is absolutely still, the boat is running well, the sun is shining. There’s no one out there but your boat filed with your family.

Breathing relief

Breathing relief

It will never be any better than this.

So you put on the life jacket and whine a bit about being scared. You slide into the water and put on the ski which feels unfamiliar and clunky.

You feel clunky and awkward and the ski rope is moving as the boat slowly moves away from you and you can’t remember which side of your ski it’s supposed to be on and you can’t remember if you normally put your back foot into the boot or trail it as you get up. And you’re wobbling back and forth in the water and the rope is tight and everyone is waiting for you to say “HIT IT!” and so you do.

And the boat surges ahead and the water rushes over you and you remind yourself to just hang on. HANG ON and it will all work out. Balance over that ski and hang on. Let the boat do the work. And soon you’re popping up out of the water. Not gracefully. But you can breath.

You’re no expert skier, not throwing big rooster tail spray, not preforming tricks. You’re just out there, but oh the water is glass, the clouds are reflected beneath you, the sun is shining, the lake is beautiful and soft.

Flying

Flying

And you are smiling, because you are skiing through the clouds, and because you didn’t give up on yourself.

Lesson learned. Again.

Summer fun

Summer fun

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “Flying through clouds

  1. that is something I have never tried but it sure sounds like fun 🙂

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    • It’s a lot of fun. Especially if you do it more than once every 2 or 3 years. I have lots more confidence now..but my vacation is over. Hopefully I can keep this feeling until next summer when the boat is back in the water.

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  2. Good for you! It’s not something I’d attempt.

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    • Maybe if we’d met in our younger years you might have tried it. We were once upon a time very good at getting beginner skiers up. Still. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea so there’s no pressure!

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  3. I tried water skiing once. I was never able to get up, but trying felt good.

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    • Back in the days…when we had a little 35 horse power outboard and big huge wooden skies we never had a failure..everyone got up, usually after a couple of tries. Nowadays the boats are so big and the skis so slick it’s not a given anymore that everyone gets up. But I”m glad you had fun trying!

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  4. Oh boy! Good for you! You must have had a blast
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  5. You *almost* make me want to try this, Dawn! Of course, I appreciate even more the message, Don’t give up on yourself. What a lovely spot — bet your mom was smiling down on you!

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  6. Sounds wonderful. I’d love to try someday.

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  7. You make it sound so wonderful!! I tried it once. I fell and water rushed into places where water does not belong. lol! I was never able to try again. After reading this, I’m thinking that maybe, if the opportunity should ever present itself, I should. 🙂

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  8. Yea Dawn! 🙂 Love the way you describe it.

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  9. Fantastic Dawn! Well done, looks like you had a great time.

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  10. What a beautiful post Dawn! I haven’t been water-skiing since I was a teenager, but I sure want to get out in the water now!

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