Go: My son texted me yesterday:
"Are you up for me wake boarding 2nt?"
I quickly replied, "Sure!"
We were meeting him and his three kids
at a near-by lake and marina
for his birthday supper.
He turned 36 on July 2nd.
We got in the boat
and met up with his friend
and his parents.
The friend has a boat
specially set up
for wake boarding.
Two wake boards are mounted on the boat.
My son swam over to Brent's boat
and got all 'situated' with the board and rope.
He wasn't sure how it would go.
He got up the first time as I knew he would.
He tried a big jump twice and fell.
The third time he went airborne.
I took in a big gulp of a breath.
He jumped the wave and stayed up when he landed.
I'm sure he did too.
He positioned himself so that when he let go,
he would glide right over to his own boat,
where his three kids and I were waiting.
We all exhaled again.
He did it.
Not bad for a 36-yr.-old single father of 3!
To explain why this is important to write about:
We moved out to the lake for summers when Doug was 9.
He had been really sick, and I just wanted to get him out
in the fresh air, away from the stress of every day life.
(He was on a special diet also.)
He got much better.
That summer he began in earnest to water ski and knee board.
Later, he would turn to wake boards where your feet are in special 'holders' much like skiing.
As he got older, he strove to do a 360 flip.
I took it all in stride.
Then when he was 13, his sister, Sara, was in a terrible car accident
one July day
and broke her neck as well as two bones
in one of her legs.
For 5 months she wore a halo screwed into her head.
It was a horrendous time for us.
However, the next summer
she was back on skis---you'd never know
she'd had any physical problems.
Doug, too, got back into the swing of summer
and wake boarding.
He began doing the flips again . . .
and landing head first in the water.
There were times I could barely breathe.
And I, of course, was relieved when he popped up in the water,
happy and fine---no broken neck.
Then a divorce occurred
and my days of watching them
behind the boat
I've only seen him wake board twice
in 20 years,
and the 2nd time
was last night.
That's why it was a momentous occasion.
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