by Michael Vanatta, Claremont, VA

Story prompt: Write your own story!

I grew up on the James about eight miles upriver and across the river from Jamestown.  There were many wonderful years of swimming, waterskiing and doing the many things young boys do in the country. My first four years away from the river were overseas in the military, then I spent another ten years in and around the James. The next absence was for 45 years and I returned a few years ago. It represents a wonderful childhood, great parents, memories, and a plethora of wildlife. I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend more years on this wonderful James River.