The ten, short days I spent in Seattle, Washington have been some of the very best in my entire life. Typically, when people visit an exciting city like Seattle, they spend all of their time touring and exploring the famous sites, such as Pike Place and the Space Needle. When I planned my trip to Seattle, it was centered around my cousin’s wedding. My older cousin, Ophelia, had sent out her invitations in early March, and I was beyond excited when she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids.
This was the first wedding I have ever attended, and I was actually going to have a part in it too!
I remember breathing in refreshing, chill air of the city right when I stepped out of the Seattle-Tacoma airport. With wedding preparations in full blast, there was little time left for sight-seeing and exploring. However, I had a lot of fun helping Ophelia and her fiance Jeremy put together the programs for the wedding, the table numbers, the personalized name cards, etc. I remember a lot of late nights, since we tried to fit in a few family activities like bowling, bumper cars, and playing at the arcade. I remember needing to have a lot of concentration when working on the wedding materials, because Ophelia is the most meticulous person I’ve ever known, and everything has to be completely perfect for her on her big day.
It was because of this trip that I’ve bonded so much with my family. I’ve seen sides of them that I’ve never known before, like some of their pet peeves (squeaky shoes) and their daily routines (my uncle’s way of waking up at 6:15 every morning and making coffee). It was because of this trip that I’ve decided that I want to attend the University of Washington after I graduate from high school. I remember having to run so many places in so little time to get errands done, like the time when my aunt Jennifer and I had one hour to drop off my bridesmaid dress at the alterations, pick up all the groomsmen’s tuxedos, buy shoes for the day of the wedding, and pick up a few groceries for dinner that night. Astonishingly, we got it done in record time, and I remember being very proud. It’s things like these that make my heart warm, that make me smile, because it only happens on big family vacations like this one.
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