What a Week - My Family Travels


March 29, 2009 was a week that I will never forget! Every teen hope that on their spring break something new will happen that has never happened before and I was able to experience that feeling. Not only was it something new but I was able to spend time with my family along the way. It was my first time riding on the roads heading to my aunt’s house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ready for our long and exciting vacation.

Off to school for my last day before spring break officially started and all I could think about was my trip. I was so excited that the last thing on my mind was school work but I had to complete it otherwise I wasn’t going to enjoy the trip like I planned. As the clock ticked, our eyes were glued to the long finger. The bell rang and my teacher started yelling, “School is over but don’t forget to do your assignment”.  School was out and I ran to the bus patiently waiting for the other students to arrive. The buses drove off and the students were exhilarated.

We reached my neighborhood and the first thing I noticed was my parents walking up the drive way with their hands full of bags. I wondered what was in the bags and was it related to the trip. The driver stopped the bus and yelled, “Everyone have a fun and safe spring break”! He opened the door, we paused to see who was going to get up first, but no one moved. Out of nowhere, everyone jumped out their seats and rushed to the door stepping on shoes and hitting one another. I power walked to my house, dropped my book bag, and assisted my parents with the bags from the market. That was a way to peek in the bags for confirmation.

 I saw a lot of my favorite snacks, games, and DVDs’. The DVD’s through me off because I knew we weren’t going to take our DVD player to Philadelphia because I was pretty sure my aunt owned one. I was confused about the DVD’s but I wasn’t going to ask any questions. My plan was to go to sleep so the next day can come as soon as possible. Before I knew it, my mother was standing over me yelling,” It’s time to wake up, we have to load the luggage in the truck”!

We had gotten up, dressed, put the luggage in the truck. My brother tapped me and pointed at the backseats. I looked closely and noticed a portable DVD player hanging on one of the seats, the DVD movies from the day before immediately popped to mind. We finally left the house and my father told me and my brother that they have a surprise for us. The anxiety was killing us but he never said a word.

 We drove further and further along the road and we pulled up in someone’s driveway. Their door opens and a female walks out with luggage, turns around and start hugging her parents. As she walks up to the truck, my brother rolls down the window and starts smiling. I’m still confused so I climb across the seat and see my cousin smiling at me.  My parents told me and my brother that our cousin was joining the ride to Philadelphia. After a long ride of site seeing, watching movies and listening to music, we finally arrived at my aunt’s house in Philadelphia and that’s where the excitement continued. She really knows how to welcome her guests.

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