When we left our house, the moon was completely obstructed by clouds. As we drove south to the airport, it became clearer and clearer. Since I was the only one who downed a full cup of coffee, I was insistent that everyone just LOOK AT THE MOON. By the fourth time around, the teens were tired of listening to me.
In February of 2002, we journeyed to Hawaii to herald the final adoption of our nephew, Doug. Bella and Colleen were 4, Peter was 5. They still remember this trip; we ALL remember Jane insisting there was a whale, (or ten), at one o'clock, when, in fact, there was really nothing but waves. Mark my words she will vehemently dispute this in the comments.
And so, 11 years later, armed with two Nikon cameras - one is an underwater camera we bought for the snorkeling pics, Bella is heading on a great adventure. She is traveling a quarter of the way around the world with two of her favorite teachers, three additional teachers, and I believe, 28 students. As they head west to the Pacific ocean and the big island, I suspect she will become better friends with many of the kids on the trip. It is an awesome vacation and she will not be bored for one second.
Bella is already spirited, independent, fun, and delightful. I imagine she will come home a slightly changed version of herself. I am just a bit envious.
Here's to you, Bella. Aloha, my baby!