Worth the Work

Jun 15, 2017

Steph Duff

“I can’t. I can’t do this. I can’t do it.”

Zury let the water wash over her as she kept her arm on the surfboard. She was new to this. It was only her second or third time trying to catch a wave, but she felt frustration rush her veins at not being able to stay atop the board.

“Get up and try it, again!” She heard Grant call out over the crashes of the water. She looked at her instructor and reluctantly shook her head yes. “Okay, one more time.”

She waited on the water, and then paddled hard. She swung her legs up on the board, muscles shaking from the repeated motion. But then, the fall didn’t come. She stood. She did it. She was surfing!

“I’m up!” She grinned at Grant as she rode by him and the other girls, clapping and hollering loudly.

Surf lessons for the girls at Floreser continue to prove to be much more than an extracurricular activity. Each week the girls grow in their confidence and understanding when something is difficult at first, it is well worth the work to keep trying.

Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dog, Telulah. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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