experiences and their influences

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This is a short i had to write and publish for my English class. its just about some of my experiences and adventures as a military brat and how I've lived in multiple states, so I've been to some pretty cool places.

Submitted: May 11, 2017

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Experiences and Their Influence

I grew up in a military family, so I’ve been to a lot of different states. I’ve lived in Florida, which is where I was born, before moving to Kansas about right after I turned six. From there we were stationed in Kentucky and then Texas, until finally my dad got out of the army and we moved to Colorado. So, I’ve been to a lot of cool places. In Florida, my mom, dad, sister, and I went to Disney Land, which was really cool. Although I was pretty young, so I don’t remember most of it, though the part where I was forced onto life-threatening roller coasters and thoroughly traumatized as a result, has stuck with me clearly. But it was still a memorable experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. It taught me that I really do hate roller coasters with a passion, after all. In Florida, my family and my dad’s side of the family, which were our neighbors, lived really close to Bush Gardens, which is a popular amusement park/tourist attraction. Since we lived so close, we’ve been there multiple times. They have some pretty entertaining shows they put on. Such as the animal show, where they bring multiple different kinds of animals, usually always a bird in there somewhere, and did a bunch of tricks with them. There were also ice-skating performances which were very fun and entertaining to watch. Every Fourth of July Bush Gardens would put on a fireworks show, and we lived close enough to be able to see them from our house, or sometimes we would watch them from the top of the car in the K-mart parking lot, so we could get a better look. So I’ve had multiple fun experiences in Florida, but I’ve also been to cool places in other states, Such as when me, my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother, my grandma, my grandpa, and my aunt all went to the Alamo in Texas. I got to see a lot of old guns and historic objects, as well as some of the gunshot holes in the building’s structure, since they hadn’t been filled in or tampered with for the most part. Me and my family spent the whole day there and took lots of pictures. It was a very fun time. My most recent visit, though, was to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It was a school day, but they were allowing free entrances so my family decided we’d go. When we first walked in there was a guy with a mechanically maneuvered dinosaur contraption on. He was making the head move to make it seem as it if was eating people by practically putting the things mouth around their heads. It was funny to see all the little kids running up to him so he could do it to them next. My younger sister Sarah had the pleasure of experiencing it first-hand, which was quite comical. After that interesting sight, we got to see a bunch of, mostly bird, species in the nature exhibits. As well as a bunch of jewels and ores in their respective exhibits. Some were uncut, natural and exotic-looking, while others were shaped into beautiful-looking, jewelry-ready stones. After those we headed to the more science-oriented sections of the museum where we got to see a lamb’s bronchial tube dissection, which, for me, an aspiring doctor, was very interesting to watch. After the dissection the lady even allowed us to go up and touch it through the plastic bag it was placed it. I got to stick my finger in its bronchial tube and see up close how in branched off into different tubes, which I really enjoyed. After that we went over to the more technical science machinery, where they had a little booth you could sit at and a place where you put your arm under the tube hanging from the top of it, and it’ll show you all the veins in your hand, wrist, and arm. I really enjoyed that part of the museum. Then we all went to eat lunch, which was probably more expensive than buying all of us tickets would have been. But the food was really delicious and I didn’t have to pay for it so I wasn’t complaining. But after that we went to the Planetarium, which was an eye-opening experience. Seeing all the different planets why they were uninhabitable for humans was very informational. I kind of had a headache after leaving though, because it really is hard to grasp and the screen was all-encompassing the room, like we were in actual space. So, it took a while to “come back to earth” as the saying goes. But afterwards we went to the highest floor of the museum where a lady was doing free face paint. I got a little penguin on my cheek and my sister got a wolf howling on hers. My youngest sister got a unicorn on her arm and my younger brother got a tiger on his arm. We took some pictures with the tattoos on our faces and then went to the outside viewing area on the highest floor we were allowed access to. Then we all got everything together and headed out to leave the museum. I had a lot of there and am looking forward to more trips to other museums and more experiences to come. Overall, being part of a military family is what allowed me the opportunity to travel to all these different places and have all these new experiences. It’s taught me to appreciate everything that I’m blessed enough to see and experience and also sparked the desire in me to travel the world when I’m older. I want to see more and experience more. So really, being part of a military family affected me in one of the best ways I think it could have. It taught me to appreciate the world and all it has to offer.


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