I have been on many great vacations through my years. But only one of those vacations made me realize how fortunate I am and how good my life was. It made me more thankful and appreciative of what I have in my life.
It all began Spring Break of 2005. My family decided to drive down to Texas and stay with my grandparents in their motor home, since they were already down there for the winter. The car trip down to Texas took two and a half days! I thought it was never going to end.
My parents kept telling us only one more movie until we get there and we would watch another movie and we still weren’t there! We finally arrived at the place my grandparents were staying at. After we got settled in my grandma told us that the next day we were all going to cross the border and go into Mexico. I hadn’t realized until right then that we were close enough to the border to cross it.
After we all talked for about an hour we all got ready for bed, so that we would be well rested for our trip into Mexico the next day. The next morning we all got up early. Not too early, but early enough.
All of us took showers, ate breakfast, and packed our lunches. We were ready to go into Mexico. I was especially excited on the way to the border because I had never been outside the United States.
When we crossed the border into Mexico I was absolutely stunned. As we walked across the bridge I looked down and there were many people in the river. To myself I wondered why they were just standing in the water.
Then I saw my grandpa throw a handful of nickels and dimes into the river and the people just dove so fast it was unbelievably. The town that we went in to was a very poor, rural town. There were many people walking the streets trying to sell items to help support their families.
There were even little three or four year old kids walking the streets also trying to sell items for their family. Witnessing all of that made me feel really bad, so I decided to buy a purse from a little girl. After I purchased the purse I felt really good and I hoped that I had helped her family in some way.
When we crossed the border back into the United States it was a completely different world. Seeing that Mexico town really did have a significant impact in my life. It made me appreciate my life and what I have in it more. Today, I try not to take people and personal items for granted because I know now that there are people out there that are alot worse off than me.
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