Jameson Davis - Grade 7, Incarnation Catholic School
Our socks felt like sponges full of dirty water. Bug bites itched all over our bodies. The sun hid behind miles of clouds. Assortments of puddles littered the ground. The parents sat in lawn chairs around a very weak fire and tried to force the stress out of their faces by continuously rubbing them. The youngest of us, my sister and one of my cousins, moped and whined tugging on the parent’s shirts saying, “I want to go home!” The rest of us moved sleepily around our two campsites.
The weather was around 40 degrees Fahrenheit so I sat on a cot in the tent wrapped around a blanket. I had my phone in my hands when the screen went black and the loading sign appeared. I plugged in my phone and put on my shoes. I stepped outside and looked around. Everything emulated gloom. Everyone was stressed, bored, or gloomy. We were supposed to be having fun.
I went into the car and grabbed the corn hole set (beanbag toss) and set it up. Kerthwap! The beanbag landed on the front of the corn hole board. Some of my siblings and cousins turned my way. I laughed from all the surprise and threw another beanbag. Then smiles started to spread across the kid’s faces. I was bombarded with an assortment of, “can I plays” and, “wait for mes.” Soon all the kids (besides our soggy conditions) started playing. Eventually we got the adults off their lawn chairs too. Even the little kids stopped their whining.
Our day ended with very cold s’mores (the rain came again and foiled any plans of roasting any marshmallows) and sitting around what would be a campfire. We went to sleep that night with the sweet, soothing taste of marshmallows, chocolate, and happiness.
We had bad weather conditions and a stressful day which manifested into a bunch of grouchy, gloomy, sad sacks. I was moping around until I realized what we were doing so I decided I would be happy and have some fun. It didn’t take long for everyone else to follow suit. I was happy so it made others stop moping and choose to be happy too. In the future I will always try to choose happiness over anything else because you always have a better time when you’re happy and because happiness is never going to get handed to you. You will always have to choose it. You will never be the only one who’s happy because somebody is always going to follow suit. We were pretty gloomy in the beginning but in the end we were all happy campers.