Local grandmother enjoys special moment in the water
by Andy Collier
Jul 11, 2014 | 1399 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shaw resident Sammye Short is having the time of her life water skiing with her three grandchildren, Emma, Anderson and Matthew, on the Fourth of July in Lake Whittington.
Shaw resident Sammye Short is having the time of her life water skiing with her three grandchildren, Emma, Anderson and Matthew, on the Fourth of July in Lake Whittington.
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Water skiing has played a huge role in the life of Sammye Short.

Short has been skiing ever since she was a child. On the Fourth of July last week in Lake Whittington at the Benoit Outing Club, the 60-year-old Shaw resident was able to enjoy a special moment as she was skiing in the water with her three grandchildren, Emma Short, 12, Matthew Short, 10 and Anderson Short, 6.

Short was more than excited when she recalled that day on the fourth.

“We were just sitting around on the Fourth of July,” Short said. “Actually, Matthew and I had already skied. He learned to slalom last year, and he’s really getting that perfected. Matthew and I had skied together. I think Heather (Short) may have suggested why don’t we all ski together. Anderson is still on the tube, and Emma is learning to get on a ski. Matthew and I decided that to ski all four of us, we needed to get on two skis. We just did it, and it was just exciting for me as a grandparent.”

Short said the moment she saw her three grandchildren ski was special.

“When I turned and looked back and saw at the moment I was skiing with my three grandchildren, I have to say I teared up,” Short said. “It was kind of emotional. I was just thinking what a great experience. What a wonderful memory for them and for me to have this experience.”

Short caught the skiing bug at around age 10 when she would ski with some friends.

“I skied with the Simpsons at Lake Beulah when I was growing up,” Short said. “We lived across the street from Jimmy and Betty Simpson. They were kind enough to invite me to the lake. They had a cabin over there, and I was always included. We just skied all summer, and I enjoyed it so much.”

The hobby that Short enjoyed as a child has stuck with her ever since.

“When Dennis and I got married, we decided that this would just be a fun recreation to do with our children,” Short said. “We bought a ski boat.”

Skiing proved to be something that the couple would pass down to their three sons, Ryan, Matt and Dan. Ryan is the oldest at 39, and Dan is 35. Short’s second son, Matt, died in a car accident in 1996 at age 19.

“Ryan was probably on skies at seven, Matt was five and Dan was three,” Short said. “We got them on water skies, and we just grew up on that lake out at Lake Whittington teaching them to ski. We loved it, and we’ve done that as a family all these years.”

Emma, Anderson and Matthew are Ryan’s kids. Dan has a 10-year-old daughter, Avery, who is enjoying the water from the inner tube.

Short said having her family enjoy skiing is something her and Dennis treasure more than anything.

“It’s a blessing for us,” Short said. “We’re blessed that we spent that time with our children, and now we’re getting to spend this time with the same enjoyment with our grandchildren. For us to do it all as a family is very rewarding. Dennis skied with them the next day. We play with our children and grandchildren, and it’s a lot of fun.”