A man wanted to walk on water for his 18th birthday

Each family has its tradition, like things to do when a member of the family reaches legal age.

Here’s a hilarious story from Starts at 60 about a young man wanting to follow his family’s tradition. The story goes…

A man pictured leaning on the wall. | Photo: Pexels

A man pictured leaning on the wall. | Photo: Pexels

A man from Alaska had heard stories of an amazing family tradition. His father, grandfather and great grandfather had all been able to walk on water for their 18th birthday. On that day, they’d walk across the lake to the boat club for their first legal drink.

This tradition has always fascinated him. His young mind couldn’t fathom how someone could walk across the lake. It sounded impossible, but he believed his family, that the tradition is real.

Happy friends raising their hands. | Photo: Freepik

Happy friends raising their hands. | Photo: Freepik


He learned about the story at a young age. It made him excited to turn 18.  Each year, he couldn’t wait to get older until he reaches the age of 18.

So when the man’s 18th birthday came around, he and his friend took a boat out to the middle of the lake. He could hardly sleep the night before, visualizing the moment when he would walk across the lake. This was the moment he has waited for years and he has never been more excited in his life.

When they reached the middle of the lake, the man stepped out of the boat and onto the water. But to his surprise, he fell right in and nearly drowned. His friend just managed to pull the man to safety.

Furious and confused, the man went to see his grandmother. “Grandma, it’s my eighteenth birthday, so why can’t I walk across the lake, like my father, his father, and his father before him?”

The grandmother looked at her grandson straight in the eyes and shook her head, “Oh darling, your father, grandfather and great grandfather were born in the middle of winter.”

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