Alexander Burkhardt - Grade 7, Incarnation Catholic School
The Positive Side of Being Wet
When we got to camp everything was wet. There were three inches of water surrounding the tents. Although all of our tents were on four-inch platforms, we knew we would be sleeping in a pool of water. It was mid-July, and with a humidity of ninety percent and a temperature of eighty-five degrees, the weather was horrible. I had been waiting all year for summer camp and, it was pouring from the minute we arrived at Woodland Trails to the day we left.
The entire camp was flooded, and it was a big camp so we had to walk everywhere. The grass was wet, and our boots did a poor job of protecting our socks from getting soaked. All of the green grass was drowning in a plethora of water. The archery range became a swamp. The roads were so muddy when we stood in the middle of them our boots sunk. We couldn’t make a bon fire because the fire pit was a swimming pool for frogs. Even though we all had boots and rain jackets, every member of my Boy Scout troop was completely soaked. At this point we all had to make a decision. Would we all be miserable, or could we make the best out of a bad situation?
“This is miserable,” my friend complained to me.
“It is not that bad,” I told him. I was not very happy about the rain, but I tried to convince him that if he looked on the bright side of things he would be happier.
In the end, although everything was wet and cold, I enjoyed the campout. I had a great time going to the archery range, shooting arrows at the hay bales, and then running through the water to go retrieve my arrows. I loved hearing the plink of the water bottle after I shot it with a BB. We all had fun catching frogs and splashing in the puddles. My brother, my dad, and I had so much fun we didn’t want to leave.
I learned a very valuable lesson that weekend. I learned that, even though everything seems horrible and boring, I can chose to be happy. There are many reasons not to be joyful in this world, but there are so many more reasons to be happy. Now, I look back at that day and remember how I stayed positive. E.L. Mendell said, “The world is only what you make of it.” I really wanted to have fun and I looked on the bright side of things. It is hard to be sad when you see people having fun. I think it makes such a big impact on people if they see other people being happy.