This is a story that really happened to me and and was a project for school!
Hello my name is Clara Markey and the title of my Living Book is “Summer Trouble!”
My story takes place when I was around 4 or 5 years old at a time when I didn’t know how to swim without a lifejacket. The day in question was a warm summer day and my family and I were staying at a friend’s cottage up at Cowichan lake in Vancouver island for a couple days.
I was sitting on the end of a fairly long dock, drinking lemonade and minding my own business. A couple minutes later I had finished my lemonade and wondering what to do with it… should I go back to the cottage to get more or just leave it on the dock.
Then, for some bizarre reason I threw the cup in the lake. I watched it for a couple moments wondering why on earth had I done that. When I realized my mistake, I dove right into the lake, fully clothed and with no lifejacket, and no one on the dock to help me.
I quickly scooped up the cup but soon ran into trouble. I made an attempt to get back up on the dock, but I was young and weak and didn’t have enough power to lift myself out of the water and onto the dock.
I was now stranded and desperate. Stuck, half of my body submerged in the water with the other half hanging off the dock, calling for help.
No one could hear me because of the long dock. I started to shiver because of the cold temperature of the water in the lake. So here I was, in a difficult situation that was completely my own fault with no idea what to do next.
I was desperate. I started getting really scared because I was thinking of the movie Jaws, and so I was afraid that 25 foot shark would come up and eat me (even though it was a lake.) About 5 minutes had gone by and I was freaking out! I tried shimmying across the dock to a place where it was low enough to pull myself up and out. But it was no good because I would just fall back in and almost drown.
Another 2 minutes went by and I was thinking that if no one came for me in the next minute I would probably be shark food. I tried calling for help but again no one heard me.
Then finally my dad, who was wondering where I had gone, saw the cup on the end of the dock. He came out and saw me struggling. He quickly lifted me up, hugged me and politely asked my sister to get a towel. I was shivering and my lips were blue. You have to remember that it was around 4:30 and the water was quite cool. He asked me what happened and I told him that I accidentally fell in the lake. (I left out the part of the cup because I was not in the mood to get laughed at.) He laughed softly and and wrapped the towel around my arms. My sister came running up the dock with my mom and she asked me why was I out there all alone, I frowned and sat down on the dock. We walked back and for the next two days, I didn’t go in the water… Until we went tubing, then I couldn’t resist!
One thing I learned from this experience is… That to always think before you act. Thank you for listening to my living book.
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Bye! Clara 😉