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Believe in Miracles- God Will Make a Way

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Introduction

It was summertime by the Mediterranean sea. The sea glittered brightly under the sun with an azure blue shade along with a cyan-blue sky above. My Dad had urged all his girls to put on swimsuits because we were soon going to walk to the seaside.

My Embarrassment and What Followed

I was only 12 years old but being an Asian Muslim, putting on a swimsuit seemed to be the last thing I wanted at the moment. But Dad’s order had to be followed. We all wore swimsuits and loose frocks on top so that we could get them off easily by the seaside.

Finally, we reached the sea beach and many foreign families were gossiping or basking under the sun in swimsuits.

They said hello and became friendlier when our parents told them they would shortly go for a swim and teach us, the three girls, how to swim.

Soon Dad and Mom were near the shore while my other two younger sisters were walking to and fro from the shore in swimsuits.

I was stuck to where I sat. It seemed the most embarrassing thing to take off the frock and reveal my swimsuit.

But Dad finally noticed and glared at me. That did it. His anger and temper were always formidable and overpowering for me.

I took off my frock and walked smartly and gracefully to the shore with nobody suspecting anything.

Our joy and fun near the seashore multiplied as I dipped my feet in shallow seawater and jumped up as sea waves lashed against my feet. I felt the scare out of my life and so did my sisters, but gradually we got accustomed and sat down on the sand beneath and let the seawater surround us. We felt the mojo of life moment to moment right then.

Our Dad had brought in his camera and took photos of us in seawater while we were having the time of our life.

We stayed at the beach until it was lunchtime, and then we went off to our tiny home climbing up the stairs apart from the seashore.

Our Swimming Practices and Finally Swimming

We had one swimming ring to help us float in seawater by turns. We got the ring as one of our birthday gifts, and at that time, we never thought it would one day serve its great purpose.

Now during our swimming practices, Dad initially instructed us to try floating in water with the help of the ring and demonstrated to us one by one how we should do it. We carried out this practice for the first four days, and then I dared to float, watching my Dad at a little distance, without the ring.

And guess what! I floated. My body felt ever so light. I closed my eyes and switched my thoughts to the time when I was learning to roller skate on four wheels. It was a terrifying experience. I fell off so many times and had bruised scrapes on my hands, legs, and feet. By and by I learned to balance on the skates and moved freely throughout the floor space of our previous residence.

But now as I floated on seawater, it was much more relaxing. No scrapes on hands, legs, and feet. Swimming seemed safer to learn.

My sisters watched me from a distance, and they were astonished. They too tried to float on the shallow side of the seawater, and with a little practice and by trial and error, they were successful in their purpose.

After four days, we tried to use strokes by the hand to swim along with the ring by turns. Soon came the time when we tried to swim by hand strokes without the ring and move our body and legs beneath the water rhythmically.

I was the first one among us to achieve the goal. It didn't take long for my sisters to catch up with me and they too were able to swim like me.

We had conquered the sea. The three of us, the sisters all could swim at length. And our parents basked in pride and glory.

Pic1: My Younger Sister and I Learning to Swim

Pic1: My Younger Sister and I Learning to Swim

My Little Sister Making Attempts at Swimming

My Little Sister Making Attempts at Swimming

Conclusion

We had learned to roller skate the year before, and it seemed ages when we had many painful falls and body aches until we could finally master it, and it was a true miracle when we were able to skate throughout the vast expanse of the floor of our residence where we lived then.

The very next year we moved to live by the sea. And it was only natural to try learning to swim, the sea being so near and tempting. Having the mission completed yes, it was a complete miracle when we had full control over balancing out in seawater and carrying out swim strokes.

In conclusion, roller skating and swimming were both something we had to master and persevere in learning. When we achieved both successfully, they turned out to be great miracles, and it was also God's will that we would succeed jubilantly in sports endeavors.

It is said that if you learn roller skating and swimming only once in your life, they will stay ingrained in you, and you will never forget them and be able to carry out these sports activities any time in your life, which make them even more of a miracle, God’s blessings surely being showered upon us.

Bonus Related Reading

Our stay by the sea was very memorable, mixing with foreigners and participating in cultural activities, enjoying playing with their children, gardening in an innovative way, loving them and they loving us until finally, it was time to depart from them, journeying back to our home country and settling down.

If you are interested in knowing more about our detailed stay by the sea, which was full of fun, joy, and elation, click the link below:

A Picture Story of Memories Staying by the Sea

© 2020 Rosina S Khan

I Would Love to Hear From You. So Please Leave Your Feedback in the Comments Section Below.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 26, 2020:

I am extremely happy that you enjoyed my memorable experiences in learning how to roller skate and swim. Thank you so much, Lora, for reading.

Lora Hollings on February 25, 2020:

I enjoyed you story about your perseverance in learning to roller skate and swim, Rosina. It's good to challenge ourselves and overcome our fears as that is how we grow by acquiring new skills. What a good message your story conveys. Thanks for sharing these memorable experiences!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2020:

I am glad you loved my journey to swimming. Thank you so much, Devika, for reading.

Devika Primic on February 25, 2020:

A great experience and journey to learning to swim. It is nice of you to share your experience with us. Loved it!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 21, 2020:

Thank you, Donna. I am happy to know you loved the story of me and my siblings learning to swim at a young age and that you are proud of my journey. I sincerely appreciate your generous comments.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on February 21, 2020:

What a lovely story, captivating me from the start. At first, I was afraid the first time you didn't have your floating ring. The sea can change in an instant. I'm proud of your journey and thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

Blessings,

Donna Rayne

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 21, 2020:

Thank you, Dora, for your generous comment. Yes, I believe in God and the power of prayers.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 21, 2020:

A beautiful story, made even more impressive by the fact that you attributed your joy and success to God.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 18, 2020:

I am delighted to know that the story of my article has inspired you. Yes, they were memorable good times of our family once upon a time. Additionally, it is indeed not customary for sisters to wear the same outfits in our area. We, the sisters liked it that way and our parents catered to them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 18, 2020:

Rosina,

A lovely article on your adventure to the sea and mention of roller skating the year before.

It is great to see a family together teaching one another through love.

I looked at the other article with your pictures.

Nice pictures of a happy family being together.

I did notice that you girks seem to be wearing the same outfits...is this customary where you live?

Thanks for sharing an inspirational story.

manatita44 from london on February 17, 2020:

Rosina,

I have this problem where I get tons of spam. I have not figured how to reduce them as yet, so I simply delete or block in one go. I do not get any notification from Hub pages, so I probably blocked them too. So send me your email here or via Li-Jen or Rochelle (RDsparrowriter).

Writing to me if the address is blocked, then it will not come and Hub Pages seem to be also blocked. You can also use a different mail address and include your normal mail address in it. Nothing there at present.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 15, 2020:

Manatita, I have sent you an email. Please check your email box.

manatita44 from london on February 15, 2020:

I have nothing from you. It is a mystery. Give your details to Li-Jen and let her send it to me. Then once I write to you, all should be well. Cheers.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 15, 2020:

Thank you, Manatita, for opting to read this article. I am sorry to hear that you hurt your knees while skating. Yes, we all had joy and fun during that part pf our life. I am glad you like the article's story.

manatita44 from london on February 15, 2020:

A very cute story and an everyday miracle, all right. I had problems with skating and fell, hurting my knees. So I stopped.

Good to see you and you sister having fun. A charming piece.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 14, 2020:

Thank you Nikki for visiting and commenting. I do agree fathers are the best mentors for their daughters. I am glad you enjoyed the story from my childhood.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 14, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna, for your generous comments. I was delighted to hear a similar part of your story from your childhood. We are all not very different from each other after all, rather connected to each other.

Nikki Khan from London on February 14, 2020:

Very interesting read, Rosina. Fathers are always great mentors for their daughters. You have described the whole learning process in quite a explicatory way.

Much better this time. Keep it up.

Lorna Lamon on February 14, 2020:

I love how you have portrayed these wonderful memories from your childhood Rosina which reminded me of my own father teaching me to swim. It's such an important skill and in particular if you live beside the sea as you were lucky enough to do. Your use of descriptive words made the story easy to follow and a joy to read. Thank you for sharing this special time and giving us a glimpse into your early years.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 13, 2020:

Yes, Fran, that was part of a beautiful childhood with my father always demonstrating and guiding all the way. But I also believed in God and said prayers in the face of any calamity. Yes, simple, little things are beautiful which should not be ignored because they seem big things in later life. I am glad you loved my article story. Thank you for reading.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 13, 2020:

What a beautiful story. It warms my heart to know a father so carefully, giving his dgts advice and the girls learning to be independent. To know someone is always watching over you. o I love your descriptions of colors. Great article. I know I lean on Him for advice.

Sometimes the simplest of pleasurers is treasured.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 13, 2020:

Thank you, John, for your positive feedback. I am glad I heeded your previous advice for another article so that this article becomes an enjoyable story and best of all, you relished reading it.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 13, 2020:

This was an enjoyable story Rosina. As Chitrangada stated it displays a father’s love and discipline for his children and also God’s grace at helping you and your sisters learn the difficult arts of both skating and swimming.

This is quite well written and you did very well taking the advice previously in regard to the use of sub-headings. Good job.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 13, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada, thank you for your generous compliments about my article story. I could feel you saying directly from your heart and so instantly it hit a chord with me and made a benign bond with you. I am really so happy you liked it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 13, 2020:

Such a beautiful and sweet article about the apprehensions and then the joy of learning something new. You are right, that the skills, which we learn in our life, can’t be forgotten.

It also has a reference to the father’s love and discipline for his children, which makes us, what we become in life.

I enjoyed your personal story, very much. Thanks for sharing.