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The Not Defeated

29 " x 40" oil on canvas

part of the series: "Disappearing San Onofre"

While down at San Onofre painting, I saw a boy teaching himself to surf.

I noticed him come in after one too many mouthfuls of salt water. He took the time to wash the sand and seaweed off his board, but he was too tired to put his board away. He just sat down.

Rather than trying to cover his crumpled pride through cussing and expletives, he sat, looked, and recovered; measuring his experience.

It was heart lifting, in what looked to be defeat, he was not defeated, only disappointed; knowing he will try again.

I could only smile.

This kid had a rare kind of victory.

© Kevin ª Short

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