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Throughout my childhood I can recall many memories that caused emotional delight as well as emotional devastation My memories go back as early as conquering my fears of sleeping in the dark to acknowledging I was never going to learn how to skate Those few examples dont compare to the one childhood experience that still haunts me today I couldnt wait for my family and I to take our annual vacation It was during those times that I enjoyed myself most I had anticipated this vacation to be the best After all I was going to the greatest place in the world Little did I know I was about to embark on a journey that would leave a scare in my memory permanently The incident took place more than twelve years ago yet I can recall the date and time as if it were yesterday The date Saturday June 13 1987 the time 200 in the afternoon The sun was at its peak and it felt as if it was hot enough to fry an egg in the middle of the street As the large doughy hand reached down to grab mine I began to panic My palms began to sweat and I could feel my heart pumping wildly This giant monstrosity before me was huge Id never been so frightened The closer the hand got to mine the more intense my heart beat The faster my heart beat the more frightened I became I could hear my mothers sweet faint voice from beside me saying Go ahead honey shake his hand I remember looking at her and looking at the hand getting closer to me and immediately taking off I wasnt running to escape fear I felt as if I was running to save my life I ran through hordes of people People who were talking so loudly I couldnt hear myself think I had no idea where I was going The sweet smell
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