On Saturday, 13 of us went out on the boat and inner tubed, water skied and knee boarded. Well, scratch that. When I was 13 years old I learned how to knee board on a summer trip with my youth group. I never could water ski, inner tubing was easy and required no skill or work so when I was able to pull myself up onto the kneeboard, put the strap across my legs, jump wakes and do a complete 360, I was stuck on knee boarding. Not all of this happened that first summer but by the time I turned 15 or 16 I was thrilled at my skill level improving every summer.
I’ve always wanted to buy a kneeboard and use it at my parent’s lake house. The kneeboard wasn’t the problem, we don’t have a boat. This summer we’re taking a bunch of kids on a boating week so I bought a kneeboard and we tried it out this week with the youth group from my husband’s church. I was so excited to show off my awesome skills and teach some of the kids how to do it.
All of the kids had a hard time getting up on water skis and I just talked about how easy the kneeboard was. When it was time to kneeboard I jumped in and … failed every time! I made it look so bad that not a single kid wanted to try. Even the previously excited high school boys weren’t willing to give it a try!
Later we went out for another run with a different group of kids and I attempted again. I did a lot better but this isn’t saying much since I was pretty much sucking lake water both times! Imagine this though, a 11 year old girl asked if she could try. She asked how to do it, I told her and she got up on her first try! I’m going to try to make myself feel better and just say that those who can’t….teach.