By Maya Angelou
MIKALE LIVES IN OAHU—one of the gorgeous Hawaiian islands, surrounded through water. He additionally occurs to be terrified of the sea! fortunately, his uncle and a bit puppy fish train Mikale whatever approximately having self assurance on your skills.
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Day after today, Mikale’s uncle took him to a swimming pool and requested him if he was once terrified of the water in a tub. “No! ” Mikale spoke back, guffawing. Then he requested no matter if Mikale was once scared of the pool. “A little,” Mikale stated. “Well,” stated Uncle Mako. “This is the place we’ll begin. simply examine it as an incredible tub. ” Uncle Mako jumped off the diving board and did flips. Then he swam up and down the pool. whilst he got here up for air, he requested, “Do you suspect i will be able to swim good adequate to guard you? ” Mikale nodded convinced. Uncle Mako held Mikale’s hand as he stepped into the shallow finish. “Get on my again and placed your hands round my neck. I’ll swim a number of laps with you. ” He ducked below the water so Mikale may perhaps climb on. Uncle Mako swam backward and forward until eventually Mikale felt as if he used to be doing the swimming. It used to be enjoyable! That first day, Mikale realized to tread water. that's the place you kick and kick your legs to stick afloat. Uncle Mako additionally taught Mikale how one can waft on his again and the way to place his face within the water and blow out bubbles. Mikale was once solid at it. He discovered that while you're now not afraid, water may be your good friend. that's precisely what he instructed Keiki’la later that day. Then he requested, “What’s it wish to be a fish? ” Keiki’la blew a bubble—bloop! —and Mikale knew simply what he intended. day after today on the pool, Uncle Mako brought Mikale to his good friend Annemarie. “I pay attention you're doing rather well together with your swimming lessons,” she stated. “Come on, Mako. Let’s take Mikale for a swim! ” They acquired on both sides of Mikale and held him up so he glided alongside. He felt very safe. They swam up and down the pool, with Mikale relocating his legs and arms as if he was once swimming all by way of himself! In a number of days, he used to be swimming by means of himself! in the beginning he dog-paddled, after which because the weeks glided by, he started to flip his head and breathe the way in which Uncle Mako had taught him. Mikale felt robust and proud swimming one entire size of the pool as Uncle Mako cheered him on. That night, while he informed Keiki’la approximately swimming by way of himself, Mikale discovered he wasn’t fearful of the pool anymore! “I imagine i do know what it’s prefer to swim like a fish! ” he acknowledged. Keiki’la swam round and round fortunately. At dinner, Mikale’s parents clapped for him. “Mako tells me that you're swimming so well,” stated his father. “I consistently knew you'll research one day,” his mom chimed in. And child Leilani blew a bubble—bloop! —just like Keiki’la. “This demands a celebration,” stated Mikale’s mother. “Let’s have a luau! ” So day after today, that’s simply what they did. Uncle Mako and Annemarie got here, too. “Are you prepared to move in? ” requested Mikale’s mother. “I’m prepared! ” stated Mikale. Mikale held his mom and dad’ palms tightly as they waded into the water. the sea was once very calm. Mikale felt secure. The waves lightly rolled up over his tummy. The salty spray tickled his nostril and made him snigger. “One day you are going to dive into these waves and also you won’t be afraid,” Uncle Mako instructed him. “Then we’ll name you Keiki’la, similar to your fish! ” Mikale beamed. That evening, Mikale informed his fish all approximately his day within the ocean and his new nickname.