Okay. This is my homework that Iím supposed to do for Freshman English since Iím going on vacation in the middle of the semester. My parents and I (see how I wrote I, Mrs. Wilson?) are going to the GalŠpagos Islands. Iím not happy about it. You see, I have this boyfriend named Evan. I know heíll get tired of waiting for me and find a new girl. UghÖ Iíve decided to make my parentsí life miserable for making me go. Iíve had lots of practice at it so it should be a breeze.
Here are some facts about the Islands. Mom said I need to put this in so I am. Besides that, it pads my word count. (You did tell me I could be honest in what I thought and felt, right Mrs. Wilson? Just wanted to remind you!)
Galapagos Islands are part of the country Ecuador, South America. All the islands are part of the National Park System, thatís why weíre here. Dad is doing some research and writing. I hear it has really cool animals but Iím just not into animals anymore, besides that, I got rid of a bunch of stuffed ones.
Okay, enough of that. Weíre leaving tomorrow. I have to go to bed. Momís orders.
Iím sitting in an airplane. Can you say boring? Weíre flying into Quito, Ecuador and then going to San Cristobal, GalŠpagos. Dad wants to look for the red footed booby, I guess itís really hard to find. He also wants to find the Chatham mockingbird thatís only found on this island. Can you say boooring? I am so excited. Can you tell? Mrs. Wilson, Iíd almost rather be in your class right now. At least Evan sits in front of me and I can look at his blond, curly hair.
Letís seeÖ we took a plane, stopped to pick up more people and then took off again. We then took a bus. That was fun. NOT! I had to sit by an old woman that didnít smell the best. UghÖ Later that day I got to walk down to the boat dock by myself and you know what I saw? A mama sea lion and her baby. She didnít even mind that I stood there. I got a bunch of pictures. The baby was making sucking noises as she slurped up her momís milk. I can feel my heart melting a little bit. Maybe this trip wonít be so bad after all.
I was getting snippy (their words, not mine) with my parents so they sent me back down to the boat dock since I was in such a good mood when I came back from there yesterday. Mom made me take my Bible and journal. I was mad and missing Evan really bad. I looked for my sea lion friends but didnít find them. Then this guy came up to me and asked me if I was Katie. I said yes. He said my parents booked a ride for me in his boat. That was pretty cool. I went with him of course. He was cute, too, but pleeeese donít tell Evan, okay?
When he stopped the boat, I sat on the edge and let my feet dangle. I flipped through my Bible, not really interested and then this verse popped out at me: ĒPraise the LORD from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths.Ē*
As soon as I read that I saw a shadow swim up under my feet. Iím not kidding, Mrs. Wilson, I looked down and about dropped my Bible in the water. It was a sea turtle, at least thatís what dreamy Carlos told me. He pulled out the snorkels and showed us how to use them and we did. I got to go snorkeling with Carlos. Oh, did I tell you there were others on the boat, too? Rats. But he gave me special attention.
I got to swim with the sea turtles. It was awesome. And you know what? As I swam in that clear blue water it seemed like I was in a different world. A perfect world. One that knew how to praise God.
I canít wait for tomorrow. Carlos is going to come meet my parents and see if we can go on a hike. Did I tell you how hot he is? Pinch me, I must be dreaming. Oh, ummmÖ Evan? Evan who?
Authorís note: Psalm 148:7 NLT
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