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Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)
TITLE: My Big Splash
By LaVonne Wood
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I am fifteen now and for years I have tried so hard to win my fathers’ approval. Unlike my brothers, it seems I can never live up to his expectations.
My Dad is big on sports. All four of brothers are either in basketball or football. They can spend hours with Dad talking sports and watching games on TV. Dad goes to all my brothers’ games whenever he isn’t working.
Though I am the oldest, I am also the smallest and shortest in size; not favorable for most sports. However, today I was asked to try out for the swim team. My confidence is soaring. I know I can make the team because my times are some of the best of all the kids in free-style swimming. I can swim like a fish! Dad will be so excited when he hears this news. Finally, he’ll be able to see I can do something.
Of nearly 300 students in my high school class, only a few, maybe ten at the most, were asked to try out for the swim team. Even if I didn’t make the team, just being asked is a great honor. I’m thinking maybe this will help make up for some of the many mistakes I’d made in the past.
I can already envision my Dad taking me to the competitions and cheering me on. “Swim, Son, swim .You can do it. I have faith in you.” Maybe we would even go out afterward for a soda and some man to man talks.
Dad was sitting in his big chair, reading the newspaper as usual when I got home. My heart was pounding with excitement as I rushed over to tell him.
“Dad, dad, guess what! I’ve been asked to try out for the swim team!”
He slid down his newspaper for just a moment and said, “That’s no sport”, and then continued to read.
My heart sank! I stood there in silence, trying hard to hold back the tears. I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. My heart was broken! How could I even please him?
I never did try out for the swim team. And I never tried to please my father again.
That was the day I gave up on life.
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