My Family Vacation - Original Writing

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As families go, mine was what I thought of as normal – whatever normal may mean. We always took our summer family vacations in Durness in the Northwestern Highlands of Scotland. My Seanmhair, Skye Sutherland on my father’s side lived in a converted crofter cottage on the edge of the cliffs above the sea. The cottage is made of the same stone as the low walls near the cottage. I always loved going back each year to my father’s childhood home. The Highlands of Scotland were more than just the 5,333 miles from my home in Woodland Hills a suburb of Los Angeles, California. There were no malls and no traffic, no housing tracts in the Highlands – only the beautiful green cliffs above the sea. Staying at my Seanmhair’s home above the sea was always my favorite place to be. I would always go exploring on my own. I loved hiking the sea cliffs and checking out the seashore to see what treasures I might find in my wanderings. My sister Adaira, is two years younger, would sometimes join me in my daily adventures, but she’d little interest in exploring the Highlands or the seashore. Adaira spent most of her time in the village with her girlfriends. The summer of my fourteenth birthday, I encountered someone special. His name was Kendrick Morgan, we met by chance. As I walked along the shore looking out to the rocks beyond the surf, I spotted a raft of seals swimming among the towering quartzite pillars. The seals were so sleek and agile as they glided through the

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