Jump #fiveminutefriday


^This is our mascot.  If you don't love him, you are wrong.


The waters were Hawaii blue, and impossibility, the kind of blue of children's paintings and pictures of elsewhere.  We were on the wet side of the island, Hana, visiting the seven pools.  The mosquitoes swarmed, black and white bombers sucking us dry as we did our best to swat them off.  We, dad and I, were going up and up to the top of the rocks where teenage boys and newlyweds leaped, arms flailing as they descended into the blue.

I was my father's shadow, wanting to be just like him, wanting to do as he did.  So when he announced that he was going to jump off the highest rock I knew I was too.  We made our way up the green and onto the gray, where the view down made my mother and sisters look like the tiny mosquitoes we swatted away.  

Heart in throat.  Stomach filling with the tingle of butterflies, I watched my dad step off the edge and into the water.  I reconsidered.  Doing this could be my demise.  If I didn't jump far enough I would crash against the rocks.  If I jumped too far I would land on the circle of people watching and cheering.  If I didn't jump at all I would die of shame, a failure.  And I was fourteen, a month away from high school.  A month away from jumping into the rigorous (or not) academics that would lead me to college.  A month away from beginning the first set of four that would shape me out of adolescence and into adulthood.  A month away from the edge, as I was just an inch away from the ledge.

Holding my breath, willing my organs to stay in place.  I jumped.

Five Minute Friday

8 comments:

  1. hi neighbor:) i enjoyed reading about you and your family. great story around the word "jump." i liked it:)

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  2. Love this and your words. I feel like I'm there. I want to jump!! BTW - love the mascot pic. LOL

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  3. I love it! So glad you took that brave leap...thank you for sharing! (Now I want to go to Hawaii...) :) Blessings!

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  4. And I'm sure when you did, your Dad had the biggest smile on His face. Just as our Heavenly Father beams at the jumps He leads us too. I really love this visual. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I liked how poignant the relationship is with your dad. So pretty!

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  6. How freeing is it to be as fearful of something and face it anyway? I love the word picture you painted between jumping off the rock and jumping into the next stage of life. Both are equally scary.

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  7. Wow Megan...I LOVE your style. I was drawn in and couldn't stop reading till you jumped. Thanks for using your gift and sharing with the fmf crowd and beyond!

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