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The Fisherman That Could By Sarah Bridges


Once upon a time, there was an old man named Santiago. He loved to fish and he was good at it, too. But one day, he didn’t catch anything. The next day, he didn’t catch anything again. Again and again he didn’t catch anything, but he still went out


People laughed at poor Santiago, but he only told them, “I can do it. I can do it.� No matter how tired and upset he was, he woke up everyday, got in his boat and tried to catch a fish. Santiago did this not for 10 days, not for 20 days, not for 40 days- but for 84 days. He never gave up. He wanted to catch a fish.


After 84 days of sitting in a stinky boat, Santiago finally caught a big, gigantic fish named Marlin. He was so big, Santiago couldn’t pull him to the boat. So Santiago held onto his rope, hoping that Marlin would get tired. But Marlin would not rest. He laughed at Santiago like everyone else.


“You won’t ever be able to get me, Santiago! I’m too big for you!” the Marlin said. Santiago didn’t listen. “I can do this. I can do this,” he whispered to himself. But his hands were getting tired, his stomach was growling, and his mouth was dry. Everything was telling him to give up. But Santiago only told himself, “I can do this. I can do this.”


Finally, after 3 long days, Marlin told Santiago, “I’m tired. You win.” Santiago happily tied Marlin to the boat and set sail for home. He was glad that he didn’t give up. Santiago had known that he could do it all along. The breeze combed through his hair and he smiled.


But then he heard an awful noise. The boat started moving. “What is it?” he wondered. And then he saw- the quickest shark in the ocean was munching on Marlin. “Haha! You thought you could win, Santiago? That’ s funny! Thanks for the fish!” the shark mocked. Santiago didn’t listen. “I can do this. I can do this,” he whispered.


He tried to scare the shark off, but then he saw two sharks, then three, then four, then more than he could count. “I can do this. I can do this!” he yelled. He wouldn’t give up.


Finally he scared all the sharks away to see how much of Marlin they had eaten. He felt a tear run down his face as he saw that they had eaten all of the poor fish. It was all gone.


Even though there was nothing left, Santiago knew that he didn’t really lose. He won because he didn’t give up. He caught the fish and he fought the sharks. “I did it. I did it,” he said.


Meet The Author Sarah Bridges resides in Janesville, Wisconsin, with her parents, two sisters, and yellow labrador. When she isn’t playing her piano, she enjoys biking, writing, making videos, and reading. Sarah is adventurous and is never afraid to try something new. Her goals include creating a special needs music school, writing a novel, and being in two places at once.

The Fisherman That Could by Sarah Bridges