KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2016

That Lady

By Luke Nevala

Up next was Bear Claw—one of the most amazing, scary, and best roller coasters in the park. “Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up, you’re taking forever,” I yelled. I was at the end of the line.

The roller coaster looked awesome!  I was in my happy place for a little while. Then lightning struck my “cloud nine.” I saw the sign that said: “Wait: 30 minutes.” I started walking to the end of the line to get out, but my dad stopped me. 

“Come back, come back here,” he yelled. 

So, I did. Longingly, step by step my feet came down one by one.

Why 30 minutes? I thought. I wish I could take a zero away from 30 and make it three minutes. I had to wait what seemed like forever and a day.

I started to cheer up because I remembered that the year before last I wasn’t tall enough to go on the ride. I had to wait at the end of the line while everyone else rode Bear Claw. I felt lucky that I could go on it this year.

After waiting 30 minutes, my brother and I raced to the best seat on the ride. I bolted to that seat like I would get a million dollars if I got there first. But I fell, and my brother got there first. I had to sit next to him.

Soon enough, the ride started to sway and twist rapidly. It went so high that I could see the whole park. Then I heard screaming that sounded familiar. It was my mom. She was screaming so loud I wished I could’ve have done something to stop her.

The ride stopped suddenly, then twisted upside down. It started to sway and turn. I yelled out to my brother, “If I don’t make it out alive, tell Mom that I love her.”

 I don’t love it when she screams, especially since she started screaming louder. I just wanted the last few seconds of my life to be peaceful.

The good news is that I lived. Then I face-planted right after I stepped out of the ride. My dad came over and asked: “Are you OK?” 

“I have massive ear damage,” I mumbled.  

“Why?” my dad asked. 

“Did you hear Mom?”  

“That screaming lady was my wife?”  

“Yes! She was screaming like a banshee!”

Then I imagined my mom on the next roller coaster, and I only had one more thing to say: “On the next roller coaster ride I’m not bringing my mom.”


Luke is in the third grade at Olney Adventist Preparatory School. This is a fun story about someone special in his life. We hope it will inspire you to find the fun in the people you love most and write about it! Who knows, your story may be featured in KidsView soon!