A SUPERMAN ― FLY HIGH UP IN THE SKY !!
I originally hate a snake. There are three things I really hate. a centipede, a cockroach, and a snake. The way a snake creeps and sticks its tongue out and peeves is really loathsome. At the mere thought of it, I automatically get sick. Through scientific findings, nowadays many good characteristics about a snake have been revealed. But I still cannot have a good impression about it.
I was born and grew up in the peaceful countryside village surrounded by mountains on three sides. In front, there was a beautiful open sea. At the bottom of the mountains, there were green fields where lots of lawn and grass grows. Looking back on those irreplaceable good old days, I really want to go back to the world on a time machine which was not only my little kingdom but also had so many good memories. But sometimes life is not as glorious as it seems.
One bright, beautiful Sunday morning in autumn, I was a middle school student. I climbed up a mountain. Actually, some children from the village used to go to the mountain, to the field, to the hill, and so on, alone or in groups to play outside or for other purposes if the weather was good. But the day, I climbed up all alone to pick and greedily eat some kind of fruit called 어름 in Korean, but I am not sure whether the word is a standard language or a dialect. Also I cannot find a proper English word for it. If I explain briefly, it is very much like a banana in shape, but the taste is not the same. I think 어름 is the sweetest in the world whose tree yields fruit only in September and October. After then, you cannot find any of the fruit, so it is better to eat the fruit as much as possible. As you can easily expect by now, I gleefully picked and ate a lot of the fruit until my belly almost exploded. It tasted much more delicious because I ate secretly by myself. But the unexpected and inevitable reversal was waiting for me. The world seemed to stand by my side until I felt an unagreeable feeling.
After the feast, I prepared to climb down the mountain. The mountainside consisted of grass, small rocks, and soil, and there were not paved pathways. To climb down, I had to take only one way which was narrow and made from soil. Pleasantly and triumphantly, I started to run. Another reason I ran was that the way was a little steep. I could not feel a strange feeling until I took a few steps. Literally out of the blue sky, in front of me, I was encountered with a poisonous snake which was coiling itself just a couple of feet away, but because of the accelerated speed, I could not control my steps. At the very moment because of fear, I could not tell where my heart was. Maybe in the mouth or in the throat. Anyway, in a very very short period of time, maybe a millionth of second, I had to choose my course of action. I felt I needed the intelligence of Albert Einstein and the ability of the Superman to overcome the obstacle. I decided to take advantage of the situation instead of being in dispair. Using the acceleration, I jumped over the snake higher than any other high jumper in the whole world. Suddenly, I could find myself flying in the sky over the snake. If you practiced high jump under this kind of situation, you would be a gold-medalist in Olympics. Then I ran home directly like a bullet shot out of a gun. And the horrible experience offset all of my pleasure of eating the fruit. I even lost the appetite.
Nowaday, sometimes I recall those days. I no longer live there, but the place is my hometown. One day, if I find an opportunity to go there, I want to heroically face with the snake. I would not need to be so nervous or scared any more.