When John was about ten years old, him and his brother went on a mid-summer vacation with their family in Maryland. The vacation lasted for a few days, and was his favorite vacation of his childhood. Each day, him and his family found more and more exciting things to do. Even if they stayed at the house all day, there were so many things to do that he was never bored. On one particular day of this vacation, he woke up excited to go outside and play in the river with his cousin Alex (who was a year older than him), his little brother Danny, his uncle John, and his aunt Carol. Alex’s parents, John and Carol, owned this “beach house” in Maryland. It was a two-story house on top of a small hill. The backyard was a long downward slope that led into the Delaware River. They had a long dock and a medium-sized motorboat attached to it. John loved being in the water as a kid, so he was beyond thrilled that he was able to spend most of the day playing in the water with his family.
Later in the afternoon, the five of them decided to go tubing. Uncle John drove the boat, and John watched with his brother Danny as their cousin Alex was laying on top of a tube that was being pulled by the motorboat by means of a long rope. In John’s eyes, Alex looked like a professional at this sport. John anxiously awaited his turn to lay on top of the tube and glide across the entire river. When Alex eventually fell off the tube from going too fast, he swam back to the boat and told John to try it as well. John got on top of the tube and gripped the handles anxiously. As soon as the boat started moving, John’s grip tightened and he let out an excited laugh. Within seconds, John was speedy gliding across the river on top of the bright yellow tube.
After the three of them took turns countless times, they went inside to dry off and eat dinner. His older teenage cousin Clay joined them for dinner — he came from farther away so he arrived later. John spent the night playing board games inside with his brother, aunt, uncle, and cousins. When the adults went to bed, him, his brother, and his cousins snuck downstairs to the basement and played ping-pong until way past their bedtime.