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On the Shoreline of Lake Superior: A Personal Narrative

Updated on November 29, 2012
Lake Superior Shoreline in Munising, Michigan
Lake Superior Shoreline in Munising, Michigan | Source

The Seeing the "Kites"

As we traveled down M-28, something in the distance catches our eyes.

“What is that Mommy?” my daughter Grace asks.

“I’m not sure. It looks kind of like a kite. Should we stop and watch it for a bit?” I asked.

A loud chorus of “yes” echoed through the car. So slowly I began to pull into a roadside park, the wind whipping our hair around as we exit the car. I notice the waves. I have never seen Lake Superior with so many white caps at once. The waves were large and intimidating. And then suddenly a flash of color diverts my attention to the right. It is not a kite, but a trio parasailing. Their energy is boundless and their parachutes bold with color. My kids and I watch from the top of the stairs. I realize that we need to get a closer look.

Parasailing on Lake Superior

The Parasailing Show

We descend to the beach as the parasailers show off their acrobatics. For this isn’t the parasailing that I have come to know. This is an individual with a sort of small surf board attached to his feet and a parachute attached to his back. With every flip and soar we squeal with delight. Slowly they end their surfing and we stroll along the shoreline.

The Dilema

Grace and Alex continue the enthusiasm and begin to run. Just as I yell, “Walk. If you run you might fall in the water,” Alex topples over into the lake. He is now soaked head to toe. I think to myself, but we are not done with our day of adventure. Now he is wet and our time is going to be cut short. I begin to feel myself get frustrated at this and then I take a deep breath. As I breathe deeply, I realize that life is an adventure that is to be lived to the fullest each and every day. And although there is no spilled milk, just wet kids, this is no reason to end the time together. So as I round up the kids I say to them, “Well I guess we will have to stop and Shopko to get Alex some dry clothes, unless of course you’d like to bring our adventure to an end now.” And with a resounding “NO” the kids and I make our way back to the car. We continue down the road toward Marquette where we will stop in and make our purchase. Once all involved are dry again, we will make continue our adventure and create wonderful memories along the way.

Author's Note

I wrote this personal narrative in a class I had today about teaching children how to write personal narratives. It was wonderful practice for me since this is not typically a strength of mine. I look forward to sharing more of what I learn in the series of classes through a series of hubs to come and hope that you will be able to take some ideas back to your classroom to use with your students.


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm glad you caught my drift, honey. LOL No need for specifics. God Bless...

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL Mom. Thanks, I've been having those "worst moments" lately haven't I? Yes, she does have a bit of that yooper blood in her. Thanks for commenting.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful personal narrative Cara. Voted up and across. I had not realized that this is a genre that you do not feel you are strong in. One would not glean that from this piece.

      Two points I'd like to make: Like HBN I give you Kudos for making the day pleasant and not a spoiled day. You have learned these lessons well by applying them to your daily living. Your patience as a mother pays off over and over. In your worse moments with a young one who surprises you with unpleansantries you can count your blessings that, according to his agenda, he is unfolding into a curious child-all healthy despite the inconvenience for us at times.

      #2 Interesting video-you captured the essence of the lake, or as it is 'The LAKE', well. I am very familiar with the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior. All I can say is Grace must have more Yooper blood in her than I thought, considering she is unabashed by the water's frigid temperature. They are delightful to watch-you said it perfectly: Pure Joy!

      What a wonderful adventure and memories! I can't wait until I am back up North with all of you to share some of these times. :)

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Flexibility is the key to a happy life! Or at least one of the keys. :) So glad that you read and commented Tina.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      A wonderful personal narrative and thanks for the great reminder that we should live our life in present and try to be flexible when everything doesn't turn out the way we planned. Lake Superior looks really big thanks for sharing your journey there,


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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank HBN. I'm working on living in the moment and some days are easier than others. It's not always easy to understand that children are children!

      We Michiganders are very lucky to be surrounded by the Great Lakes. Superior is the the largest fresh water lake and does often mimic the ocean. Since I do not live in the Upper Peninsula, I don't often see its fury. Although this is the roughest I've ever seen, I know that it can be much worse. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I loved this personal narrative and I wanted to give you an A+++ in the Mommy department. How wonderful that you were able to make time for an unplanned and what turned out to be a most thrilling, joyful and delightful stop that the three of you will always remember and that you didn't chastise Alex for accidentally getting his clothes wet.

      Beautiful! Voted up across the board.

      Lake Superior looks just like the ocean in your video!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks acc12. That's exactly what I was going for, writing in the moment. So glad that you stopped by to read and comment.

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      acc12 6 years ago

      What a nice hub! Not only did I feel like I was there on that beach with you, but it reminded me of when I went parasailing years ago with my Dad. I especially liked your line "life is an adventure that is to be lived to the fullest each and every day". Voted up!