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Jillian Jourdain's Autobiography (submitted 5/16/06)

Most people do not remember things from when they were knee-high to a grasshopper but there is always one story from one's younger years that cannot be forgotten. This is my story. It was the summer of 1992 and I was three years old. It was a very hot and humid afternoon and we were out on my parents' friends' boat. We had been out all day so by the time we were headed home, the sun was setting. The dock was not far away when dark, ominous clouds came rolling in and thunder boomed around us. But it was not rain that came down from the heavens, it was hail! Now I remind you, we were on a boat, on the Delaware River, with hail pouring down around us. Thankfully, the boat we were on had a hard top to keep us sheltered from the hailstones. My most vivid image is my little self sitting on a cooler, wearing my life jacket, and listening to the hail pound on the roof as we raced back to the dock to find better shelter from the storm. I was scared yet at the same time I was utterly excited and awed by this weather phenomenon. How often is it that it is 90 degrees one minute and then ice is falling around you the next? Boating is my life and I have a myriad of fond memories out on the Delaware but I must say, this was one of the most exciting rides of my life.

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