It all felt surreal. The light breeze that hit my face, the smiles and laughter that came out of me and my little sister Brieanna, it was almost like I was watching from the clouds, because the high from all the love and happiness that consumed me, made my head feel light and free. It was my first real vacation trip that I had ever taken with a foster family, and to be perfectly honest, I didn't believe them when they said that my brother and I could go too, because to them we were family.
We went during Christmas break to San Antonio, to stay with a family member who owned a condo, we did some sight seeing, but on New Years Eve, the family and I went to Sea World. I felt like a little kid, I felt like it was all just too good to be true, not only that but my foster sister, Brieanna and I, were getting along great, too great, almost like all the insecurities we both had, all the hurtful things that happened between us in the past, never existed. It felt almost like it was a fairy tale. Sea world was great, Brieanna and I fed the dolphins together, we rode the Steel Eel, 20 times together, laughing, and eating all the free food our teenage bodies could consume.
Then the day began to fade, and the real magic began, riding the Steel Eel, at night made me feel like I was flying, we rushed over to watch Shamu preform a beautifully, I remember marveling at how vastly huge this creature was, how smart and powerful this mammal was. Then after the show, Brieanna and I ran around, giggling and laughing, and then joined the large crowed that surrounded the waters. The night had a cooler breeze than it had had during the day, and I pulled my parka closer to me, looking up at the sky expectantly. And then music blared in the background, fireworks of every color and degree shot across the sky, people cheered, people laughed, people hugged and smiled together. It was all so beautiful. All so perfect, almost like it was just a dream.
I don't have a lot of great childhood memories, but I have one perfect memory, that I will never forget, and if its worth anything, that memory alone gives me hope, that dreams do come true.