Something I was thinking about the other night. Reminded me that it was a long time ago and I was so surprised that I was just starting to forget it after years of remembering. When I was in first grade, I remembered everybody in our grade at such a young age doing things in different sports and things like that. I guess watching everybody come do these things at show and tell just inspired me. One of the girls I was friends with was doing Karate. At that time, I hadn’t begun to care about what I looked like and I thought I could kick some ass. I played kickball and had a mean kick to me. So I thought I could do it. I only did three sessions and I think the first day we learned how to count in some language that I wish I could remember what it was, but the other night I was thinking about it and I had actually counted to five, because I could never get through the next five. I only said it to myself that night once and then my mind went blank and I couldn’t say them again.
I think we went to three sessions, so we did three Monday’s. I was in the first grade and I can still remember the day we did these. The last day we did it. We were just starting to do the kicks. I was paired with this girl, who I never got along with at all. To this day, we are not friends. I don’t remember what I ever did to her. Anyways, our instructor would show us what to do. She was first and then I went. I think that’s when I found out that I wasn’t going to last very long at this. She kicked perfectly and I had some balance problems and knew my legs weren’t cut out for this. I think another fact was she was standing upright and I was sitting on the floor. All I remember was crying and asking for my mom and going, “Can we go now?” I hated it really. I hated the fact that I wasn’t like her. It bothered me at all.
After that, we left that session and watched the older kids do their session. I don’t think that was a very good idea either because I was still crying and felt horrible that I wasn’t like them. We left that night and mom agreed with me that we won’t do it anymore. I think a little after that I started Girl Scouts. I had more luck there than anything else I did. I started at the middle of first grade until middle school and that was around 8th grade. Around that time, our troop was getting smaller and smaller. It all was fun, but before you knew it everybody was doing other sports and things like that. That’s when my Thursday’s didn’t involve vampires and werewolves. I loved all our trips we took. One of my favorite trips we took was also on a week were I was sick as a dog and it rained that whole day. Not fun.
We were went to two places. We went to an Aquarium in Ohio, but I’m not sure where it was located. Our destination was actually Cinnati, Ohio. It actually has three stories to it. It was the four of us ladies. My mom and I went together. My nana and Emily went and stayed at her sister’s house and got to know each other more. So picture if you will on our first stop, four of us. An electric wheelchair hoping it doesn’t get too wet and stops working and the very sick teenager in the backseat who is slightly miserable. We went to this Aquarium and it so much fun! I’ve never been to a place like this before and I thought it was so cool! Going through this tunnel where there’s glass on the top of you and you’ve got all these water creatures around you. Yeah, I loved it, okay?
Two things that you might enjoy. In one of these tunnels, I think it was the last tunnel we went into before we left. There was hardly any lights at all just the light that was making everything come to life. I wasn’t paying attention apparently, but when you’ve got fish all around you if things are the floor I’m not going to see it right away. Don’t worry I didn’t run over a kid. However, the end of the tunnel had a step to it and none of us knew about it. Not only was that part of the funny part. There was this frame at the tops of the tunnel and this MIRROR. Same colors and all. So picture again, a very excited teenager with our group leader figuring out there’s a step after the tunnel is over and me running right into the damn mirror because I thought it was another tunnel. Yeah, you can laugh because I can still picture my friend’s face when she saw me run right into it.
Our next destination was at the Zoo. It was our real place. It was also our “hotel” for the night. It was like 6pm when we actually arrived there and it was pouring down rain. Not only that was that we had walk up to this building in the zoo in the rain. That does not mix well with a sick kid unfortunately. There was another group there with us so we were much larger than before. We were there to sleep with the manatees. The place was very interesting. You couldn’t see the Manatee’s very well because it was so dark. After we were all in the building, my mom gave me my daily disgusting medicine that I had to have. God was definitely watching over us that night because he made mother nature stop raining. We went outside on this night nature walk with the Zoo employees. Which one was a guy and with about 20 girls, it was the smartest thing ever! Hearing animals noises at night is freaking creepy! We saw bats and monkey’s. We were all hoping we weren’t going to get pooped on. We went back to the building and got reviewed about the Manatee’s and saw some cute baby animals.
That morning, I woke up to what looked like a giant flat screen television on the animal planet. The Manitee’s were just swimming everywhere. Outside was getting brighter and you could actually see these two Manitee’s in the windows. Nobody was awake yet and I just watched them swim around. It was very relaxing just to watch them. I think I went back to sleep because my group gave me one rude awakening afterwards. We ate cereal and packed up our stuff before they opened up the Zoo. We had the whole day of roaming around the Zoo. However, I think our group left early. I don’t remember really, but I think that’s right. It was a fun trip. I still got my shot glasses from that trip. Yes, I was a teenager buying a pink and purple shot glasses. I didn’t know at the time, I just thought they were cute and one was purple. Don’t judge me.