I grinned. "Much better than sitting under the tree and reading," I teased.
I laughed again, then pulled myself up with the branches above me until I was standing up.
"Maggie, what are you doing?" Tess asked nervously. "It's not safe to stand up in the tree like that."
"I'm on top of the world!" I called out loudly.
"Be careful, Maggie, that branch isn't very big!" Tess warned me.
I could hear Tess shrieking from above, "Maggie! Are you okay?" She was already scrambling down the tree. Within moments, she was standing next to me.
"ARE YOU CRAZY?!?" she gasped. "I just watched you fall from all the way up there...I was sure you were going to crack your head open...and now you want to climb trees again?! No way!"
"Aww, come on, Tess," I answered, laughing. "You know what they say about getting back on the horse after he bucks you off..."