My Crazy Summer Break Pt.1
I can’t believe how much has happened to me in the first 5 weeks of summer break!
Before school even let out on June 11, I was having a great time. I had read a poem I wrote as a response to one of my favorite poems, Shane Koyzan’s To This Day. I called my poem Ignored. After I wrote the poem, I showed it to my teacher who thought I should share it with my class. After I read it to the class, I had a great rest of the day with compliments from my friends and even people who I almost never even hung out with (even from some of the girls!).
The next day, when our school had our end of the year beach day celebration, which was more than enough to be excited about, I continued to get compliments about my poem from other students and adults that had seen a copy of the poem.
|Downbeat 720 June 11, 2013|
It was really great to have my poem so appreciated by all these people because bullying is such a big problem in schools and one that has affected me on a personal level for a long time.
All in all, June 11 was a GREAT end to the school year.
Summer break started out great too! On June 12th and 13th , I went to Fitness by the Sea, a really fun beach camp.
Unfortunately, after camp on June 13, I went to the doctor and found out my summer fun would be interrupted due to some medical procedures involving brain surgery (on June 15). This meant that my family’s annual trip to our land in Hawaii had to be canceled (we made other vacation plans but more about that later).
I’m happy to say, the surgery and my recovery went very well. I think the amazing support I got from my friends and family had a lot to do with how fast and well I recovered! So fast in fact, that on Summer Solstice, June 21, I went on a 2-mile hike with my friends Adam and Logan (and their dogs) and our parents. I did great! 6 days after brain surgery!
|Temescal Canyon Solstice Hike June 21, 2013|
|Adam, Logan, and me, before the hike|
During the week after I came home from the hospital, I started Physical Therapy to work on getting my balance back . I also hung out with my friends, Adam, Logan, Liam, Morgan, Jimmy and Ryan.
|My favorite Lao Tse quote|
The second field trip was to the Griffith Park Observatory with Adam and Kojo’s grown up nephew, JaVeon. My favorite part of the Observatory was this big swinging ball that knocked over dominoes as it went, one domino each ten minutes. They had enough dominoes for the whole day. I got two really cool things at the gift shop using a “get well” gift card I got from my “Auntie” Giovanna I got a gyroscope and a perpetual motion pendulum.
|Me and my parents at home on July 2.|
On the morning of July 4, I went to the Santa Monica Independence Day parade and joined the parade with my friends from school and our school float.
It was my first year ever joining in the parade!!!
Later that afternoon we went to a family friend’s BBQ – they have a pool and a ping pong table so I swam and played ping pong!
On July 5, my parents and I went on a week long stay at a resort in Oxnard, an hour away from home. It was really fun. I spent a lot of time at the pool and Jacuzzi, playing ping-pong with kids I met at the resort. My papa and I also used the treadmill and stationary bike in the fitness room. My parents and I did a lot of walking on the beach and around the harbor there. One afternoon we walked 4 miles! There was a great restaurant called Italian Job, we ate there twice, once with my friend Liam and his family. We had we had a really good margarita pizza there!
|Jacuzzi at Mandalay Embassy Suites in Oxnard, CA|
On July 12, we left the hotel and headed home. As we were driving, my papa said we were going to stop in Topanga to see my friend Liam and his family. When we got to Topanga, he said we were going to their friend’s house to see Liam. When we got to the house, I got out and knocked on the door and a woman opened the door and a cute cuddly puppy came out from behind her wearing a bow! At first I thought she was for me (because of the bow) but when I asked I was told she just wanted to look pretty. But then my mom asked me “do you think that’s really why she’s wearing that bow?” and that was when I realized… that puppy was for me! And that’s just how it happened. One moment I was a kid who wanted a dog, but didn’t have one. The next moment I was a kid who had a dog and I was falling in love! Here she is:
|Me and my new puppy, right when I first got her....|
|...and here she is with her newly minted name tag - "Poet"|
|Poet with the whole world in her paws|
So, I’m doing great right now and I just want to thank everybody for how kind you all have been. Thank you and hope to see you soon!