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Like the Waves I was born high on a mountaintop so close to the sky the clouds seemed to be near enough to touch As a child my knees were covered with the red earth my face scratched by the tree branches and my hands covered with the yellow pollen of wildflowers In the days I would climb up the sturdy pine trees as high as I could go and let the warm afternoon sun bake my face and shoulders At night I sat cross-legged on the front porch praying for a lightening storm thunder clapped in the distance and the brilliant light filled the night sky In those days Zeus seemed in constant rage and the lightening was never ending I was not scared of the violence of the storms Instead I was filled with excitement and awe My family home sat on five acres between the river and the mountain Often my family made trips to the river My brother and I would jump in the crisp cool water and swim for hours The smell of hot dogs my dad was grilling filled the air My mother sat quietly by the bank reading a book all the time keeping a watchful eye on my brother and I The river which wasnt really a river at all but a creek was a constant in my childhood I would walk for miles on the banks or glide skipping rocks across its surface Whenever anyone talked about great bodies of water my mind would drift back to this small winding creek It was the only body of water I had seen so I was stunned to learn something as immense and endless as the ocean existed I first learned of the ocean from my first grade teacher Mrs Sweet Mrs Sweet was teaching the class about natural ecosystems I puzzled over exactly what an ecosystem was It almost sounded like one of the companys
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