I Found a Dead Body!
Smothering humid heat plagued us one summer. It was all we could do to keep cool. Stepping out of an air conditioned trailer felt like you were stepping into hot water and made it difficult to take deep breaths. The air was that thick. On one particular day it was announced over the loud speakers that a boy was missing and there were strong waves on the beach that day. But because of the heat, we had only one choice and that was to go to the beach!
After a time, I was on my own. As I jumped the waves enjoying the the pull of and tug of the current, I felt something touch my leg. It felt like someone was trying to grab my leg. My first thought was that Matt had snuck back to try to scare me. I ignored him and kept on jumping. I felt the touch a second time and looked around laughing. "Nice try!" was my response. However, I was talking to air as there was no one around me. Maybe he had swam back to shore and I couldn't see him in the waves.
I felt the touch again and became confused and a little concerned. As I looked around I finally spotted what I kept brushing up against. Over a wave came crashing down a bloated body!
|South Haven pier|
As soon as she saw the look on my face she jumped up and rushed over. I was in a panic and continued to scream that there was a dead body in the water. She wanted me to show her where it was. There was no way I was going back in that water! We looked out over Lake Michigan and I saw it again roll over the wave. I pointed but would not go back in the water. My mom bravely forged the crashing waves. I could see her cringing and I'm sure she wasn't too happy about going into the water to find a dead body!
A small crowd had gathered, but I barely noticed them as I focused on my mom and wondered if she would have to drag the body on shore. She finally reached it and was able to take a closer look.
|South Haven Beach|
"Come here!" she yelled. Was she crazy? I wasn't going anywhere near that thing! She yelled back that it wasn't a dead person's body, but the body of a huge bloated fish! I had seen the riped tail that had looked like fingers with the flesh flaking off under the water. (maybe a few too many horror movies or books for me??) I could see the relief flood my mother's face. I, however, was flooded with embarrassment! Matt told every person we met about my adventure including the DNR! I was mortified for a little while and then I was able to laugh at how truly funny the situation was! I was and am very thankful I didn't actually find a dead person's body. My imagination got the best of me and continues to from time to time!