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Topic: Great (07/06/06)
TITLE: Katie’s Great God
By A. E. Cuthbert
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â€śI still donâ€™t see why we couldnâ€™t have gone somewhere civilized.â€ť she whined.
â€śThen would we would miss seeing the beauty of Godâ€™s creationâ€ť, said her father after taking a drink from his canteen. Katieâ€™s mother was snapping a picture of him and he made a very manly rustic face for the camera.
She turned the camera towards Katie.
â€śAh, donâ€™t take a picture of me now. I look horrible!â€ť She covered her face with her hands while Jeffrey put his arm around her, sticking out his tongue.
â€śGreat family memoriesâ€ť, her mother sighed putting away her camera and picking up her hiking bag.
â€śWell gang, letâ€™s move onâ€ť, her father declared loudly. â€śWe should be at the top soon. Ahhhâ€¦smell that pine. We have a great God!â€ť Katie rolled her eyes as they all began to move, her bringing up the rear. Her dad had to bring God into everything. It must be at least twenty times a day that he uses the statement â€śWe have a great Godâ€ť, and it drove her crazy.
She swatted at some mosquitoes thinking about how horrible this vacation was. All her friends got to go places where they enjoyed hotels, shopping, and room service. Yet, every summer her family spent their vacation camping and hiking in some God forsaken wilderness.
â€śWe will all probably die of starvation, or be eaten alive by bears or...mosquitoes.â€ť She complained under her breath, slapping her hand down on her leg killing one and almost losing her balance in the process.
â€śHaving trouble beauty queen?â€ť Jeffrey mocked a few dozen feet ahead of her. She gave him an evil look, making him run to catch up to his parents. She could not help that she was gorgeous. Pulling out her brush from her pack, she attempted to brush her now very tangled long blond strands, while walking. She almost ran into her family who had stopped. They were standing at a dead end with nothing but massive faces of grey rock.
â€śNow where do we go?â€ť she said in a sarcastic tone.
â€śStraight upâ€ť, her dad pointed and Katieâ€™s eyes followed the vertical face of the rock that seemed to go on forever. A very narrow path zigzagged up, and had metal poles attached to help hikers keep their balance.
â€śYou have got to be kidding me?â€ť
â€śNope, get ready for a climb, campers. Isnâ€™t this scenery amazing? We have a great God!â€ť Her dad led the start of the steep climb.
â€śIâ€™m going to dieâ€ť, Katie said to herself as her fingers touched the first metal pole. She held onto it with all her might.
â€śDonâ€™t look downâ€ť, she whispered glancing toward the bottom after just a few minutes climb. They were climbing higher and higher. Her Dad was yelling encouraging comments down that she was trying to ignore. All she could see was Jeffreyâ€™s backside. She could feel her mascara running down her face. It seemed to go on for hours.
â€śJust a few more poles!â€ť her Dad shouted down to them. She was breathing hard when they finally reached the top and rounded the last boulder.
A cool breeze hit her face and her mouth fell open at the scene before her. Katie looked down on the beautiful Yosemite Valley shining in the sun. Giant waterfalls bounced over rocky cliffs, splashing to the depths below. The enormous mountains in the valley shimmered with bright colors of green and purple. The trees danced in the wind and she saw grand eagles and hawks soaring on the fresh mountain air.
It was the most beautiful thing that Katie had ever seen. Her eyes filled with tears as she wondered at the beauty of Godâ€™s creation. She bet that none of her friends had seen anything as lovely in their fancy hotels behind cable televisions.
â€śSo what do you think honey?â€ť her dad placed his arm around her, gazing at the wondrous view. Smiling her mother reached for the camera.
â€śIts greatâ€ť, Katie said.
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