D.W. Cee

Author of Indelible Love


AGE 10 – Easter

Easter is always on Uncle Billy’s boat in San Diego. His boat isn’t that big, but somehow we all make it work. Today, with the weather being so nice, I was told we were sailing somewhere deep into the ocean. I love water! And when I make this statement, I mean what I say. I LOVE WATER‼! I can surf – much better than my brother, of course. I swim well enough to be on a swim team, and I love to jump off the high, high diving boards. I haven’t learned to water ski yet, but I figure that’s coming up soon – like maybe this summer in Hawaii.

     “When did you get that dress, and with what money?” Mom was commenting on my Easter outfit. After that cotton candy dress fiasco, I asked Mom to get me a non-poofy dress. Her answer to my plea – a Lilly Pulitzer dress that would be great…if I were FIVE years old. I’m TEN now and can NOT wear a dress that makes me look like a baby. Plus, Jake is coming to Easter brunch with Kelley, and where they are, Donovan isn’t far behind.
     “I bought it.” My proud announcement didn’t sit well with Mom. If Valentine’s Day taught me anything, I learned I didn’t want to look like a baby, I didn’t want anymore pastels (sorry, RL and Lilly Pulitzer), and I didn’t want to look like everyone else. I wanted to POP, and my orange dress POPPED! “Isn’t it pretty?”
     “It’s beautiful, Baby.” Daddy finally came out to the car, ready to leave. “Did your mother buy it for you?”
     “No, I didn’t. She must have taken my credit card and made another online purchase. Young lady,” uh-oh…here came the scolding. “You are not to use my card…”
     “Let her be, Babs. It’s Easter, she looks gorgeous – in fact, that dress is much sweeter than the one you picked out for her. Maybe you should let her buy her own clothes from now on? Then we won’t have this issue.”
     “Thank you, Daddy.” I kissed him on the cheek and jumped in the car before Mom could continue her lecture.
     Our ride to San Diego was boring, and as expected, Uncle Billy took the boat out to sea. Right before we left, Jake, Kelley and Donovan hopped aboard, and I knew today was going to be fantastic! But the water was choppier than usual, so I stood, holding the railing, hoping to ease my rioting stomach.
     “Hey there little girl. Whatcha doing here by yourself?”
     “I’m feeling a little queasy so I thought I’d come here and calm my stomach.”
     “Laney,” Doug yelled. “You want to jump in the ocean with us?”
Between feeling like I was going to throw-up and not wanting to take off my POP-orange dress, I didn’t want to go in, but everyone was doing it and I didn’t want to look like a chicken. I thought I should follow along.
     “You going to jump in with all of us?” I hoped Donovan would join us, but I doubted it since he was wearing the most handsome suit, evahhh!
     “You’re not scared to jump in? You need me to hold your hand, again?” Donovan was teasing me and I liked it. I probably had on my dorky smile but all was good because Donovan was with me and not Jane.
     “I’m happy to hold your hand, Donovan, if you’re too scared to jump in,” I teased back. Before he could get a word in, I grabbed his hand and pulled us both into the water.
     “I can’t believe you did that,” he said while rubbing the water out of his face. “I’m fully clothed,” he complained and started splashing water on my face, then swam over to dunk me in the ocean. We were both fully clothed. My bright orange dress floated in the water with me, but since I had a bathing suit underneath, it was a-okay.
     “Race you back to the boat,” I hollered getting away from Donovan. He swam after me, grabbed my right foot and pulled me under. He swam ahead, laughing away until I caught his jacket that trailed behind him. Hanging on, I let him pull me as he struggled back towards the boat. When he slowed, I took my chance and jumped on his back. He swam with me on his back over to the boat, up the ladder, and onto the deck. I couldn’t let go because I didn’t want to let go. That was so much fun!
     “Alright, little girl, let’s get you dried up.” Leaning back gently, he made sure my feet were on the deck and he placed the large towel around my body. I knew for sure, right then and there that I loved Donovan Taylor!

11 Responses to AGE 10 – Easter

  1. Boaty says:

    You just love to tease us, don’t you D. W.Cee?

    Making us want more and more with each entry.

  2. cyncaa says:

    I love Laney as a little girl. She was such a spitfire. Donovan seems like such the hot older boy. Even back then they had a connection (an innocent one). I think even back then he liked her spirit.

  3. Terri says:

    Once again, a great entry. I love that her dad stuck up for her with her mom. I think it’s funny at 10 she already knows how to swipe her mom’s credit cards and shop on-line for herself. Laney’s a gal that knows what she wants. I also loved it when she grabbed Donovan’s hand and jumped in the water. Picturing that is just hilarious. I can’t wait to read the book!

  4. Theresa :) says:

    I love Janie!! She is just so perfect in her own way! 🙂

  5. Maria says:

    Ohh…soo sweet and playful, they have chemistry.

  6. Kimberly says:

    I love the reference to the online shopping with (Babs’) her Moms credit card (Jane mentioned it in M&J). But Jane never mentioned how old Laney was when and what led up to why she started it. (I don’t think even Jane knew about the stitches)

    We now know why she became her own personal shopper, (Valentines Day fiasco dress; resulting in stitches). But it was funny to see Laney in action at just 10 years old, taking her Moms credit card, and as as a result, the envy of her great sense of style.

    Go Girl!!. 😉

    Love the story so far!!

  7. Omg best blog evahhhh !! Laney is sooo cute , I can not wait to read UA

  8. Cjeh says:

    I really cant take it anymore.. I want to read the whole book.. Pls pls tell me itll be released tomorrow.. Pls pls pls

  9. DCT says:

    It just hit me while reading this precious entry, that someone had sent Laney’s diary to Donovan. I’m wondering if he experienced the same warm fuzzy feelings that I am having reading her thoughts. I can hardly wait to read this story. Thanks DW.

  10. karen says:

    Loving UA diary, interesting to see what will happen next. Keep up the great work.

  11. sarita g. says:

    That was too cute. Cannot wait for the whole book. Is going to be the best story evahhh!!! Lol

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