The former Minneapolis girl who hit world headlines earlier this month for pulling a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake has been telling her story – and it's great.
In a piece she wrote for UK newspaper The Guardian, 8-year-old Saga Vanacek describes the moment she pulled the ancient sword, which is thought to pre-date the Vikings, from a lake in Sweden in July.
You can read the full piece here, and you really should because it's so enchanting it truly will make your day.
Here's how she explains what she did when she realized she'd found the sword.
Saga and her family – who are all huge Minnesota Vikings fans – moved to Sweden last year to be near her mother's family, and had been vacationing at a lake in southern Sweden when she made the find.
News outlets should hire 8 year olds to write more often, Bring Me The News included, (so if your child fancies telling a story our readers will enjoy, have them send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Here are some of our other favorite comments from Saga's piece.
– "People on the internet are saying I am the queen of Sweden, because in the legend of King Arthur, he was given a sword by a lady in a lake, and that meant he would become king. I am not a lady – I’m only eight – but it’s true I found a sword in the lake. I wouldn’t mind being queen for a day, but when I grow up I want to be a vet. Or an actor in Paris."
– "I felt like a warrior, but Daddy said I looked like Pippi Longstocking. The sword felt rough and hard, and I got some sticky, icky brown rust on my hands. It started to bend and Daddy splashed up to me, and said I should let him hold it. It was my sword and now he was taking it away! I gave it to him in the end."
– After being told by archaeologists to keep her find a secret for a while: "It wasn’t hard to keep the secret. But I did tell one of my best friends, Emmy, and now I know I can trust her because she didn’t tell anybody, except her parents – but they promised not to tell anybody else, so that’s OK."
– I had to give the sword to the local museum – Daddy explained that it’s part of history and important to share it with others. I felt “boo” that it’s gone away, but “yay” that other people will get to see it. I’m going to try to raise some money to make a replica sword that I can keep.