I am once again participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the month of March. This is the fourth year I have joined the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers in taking up this challenge of writing for 31 consecutive days. I know it will be hard work but the growth will be immeasurable. Follow along!
Sunglasses Don’t Float
I wonder if I’ll uncover my sunglasses after all this time?
I was thinking back to last summer and the first day on my paddle board, while I was raking the leaves off of the exposed lake bottom.
It was a beautiful Friday in late spring and the weather had finally turned warm enough to try out the two paddle boards I had just bought. I was thrilled to finally get on so I quickly changed into my bathing suit and ran down to the waters edge. I thought about grabbing my sunglasses band, but quickly told myself I wouldn’t need it. Being the first swimming day of the year there were several of us hanging around enjoying the sunshine and eager to get on the boards and paddle around. I tooled around in a sitting position for a while to get used to the paddle and the temperature of the water. I was starting to feel comfortable so I decided to try standing up. Slowly I moved into position and wobbled slightly. The crowd jeered and laughed. I steadied myself quickly and then splash, I fell into the water. I lifted my head from the water only to be greeted with chuckles and screams: “Grab your glasses! Quick, they are right there!” I turned around and saw them sinking into the water I had just stirred up, now murky from my fall, gone and out of sight. Several missions with goggles ensued, but we were never successful in recovering those glasses.
A year later I stood there at the sandy bottom of the lake with rake in hand and still chuckling over that first fall. And still hoping Id uncover them. But no luck. Oh well, at least now I learned my lesson to always wear a band for your glasses because sunglasses don’t float.