It was September 11th 2017. On a not so bright and early morning. 2am to be exact. A horrible hurricane, occurred around the area where I live in Florida. It was a frightful time for everyone and here is how my family and I lived through it. (caution: Kids below 5 cannot read this or have this story read to them. It might give them the creeps.)
As usual, my dad was the one who informed us about this scary disaster that was about to happen. That’s because he watches the news more than the rest of us in the family.
On Thursday, after school, it was announced that they will be no school on Friday because families had to prepare for the hurricane. Now this was beginning to get serious. Hurricanes are dangerous because they knock down houses, kill people and cause floods. I was kind of anxious but also looking forward to experiencing a hurricane for the first time.
Anyway, once we heard what others were doing to prepare for the hurricane, we also went to the store to get some water, bread, canned food (mostly anything that you don’t have to cook to eat it), torches etc. It was hard to get stuff from the stores because there were long lines and people had already bought so much that the stores were running out of the things we needed to get for the hurricane. My mom and I went to all the stores in our area and we couldn’t find a torch.
After days of buying and watching the news, the day was here. Lucky for us, the area we live in was not going to be hit by the hurricane so we didn’t have to evacuate our area like thousands of other people had to. So instead of moving to Alabama as we had planned, we stay at home in Florida. That night we decided to sleep in our study room which is closer to the front yard and away from the tall trees in the backyard.
We moved the table in that room out of the way and brought down two mattresses to sleep on. It felt like camping as we all had to sleep in the same room. The lights started flickering and the trees in the backyard kept swaying from side to side. They were kind of dancing in slow motion. As the lights continued flickering, we quickly pulled all electrical equipment from the plugs, turned off the lights and went to hide in the room we had prepared. It was dark and scary and with the rain and wind, we somehow went to sleep.
In the morning, the lights were back, but there was a lot of strong wind. Many leaves and branches had fallen from the trees; the whole place was one big mess. We turned on the news and saw how downtown had flooded badly. After taking a bath, we went out to see all the damage that the hurricane Irma had caused in the area. I couldn’t believe what I saw, houses had flooded, trees were uprooted from the ground, cars were swimming in water, boats were damaged, there was power outage almost everywhere. Even the traffic lights were off.
It was a pretty scary experience. Even though I feel bad for all the damage caused by the hurricane, I am thankful that no one died from the hurricane. This hurricane was very dangerous. We were out of school for a whole week. Dear God, no more hurricanes.
Is your summer over already? Mine is. I keep thinking about, how much fun it was. I visited my grandparents, made a summer business, saw some of my friends, learned to cook, travelled a lot and had a barbecue with my family.
It was two months ago that my siblings and I arrived Cameroon on the 10th of June to spend the summer with my dad. Once we arrived we spent a few days in Douala before setting out on a road trip to kumba, Bamenda, Ekok, Nigeria and Limbe.
For a start, my parents wanted us to visit my grandparents. Our first stop was to kumba to see my mom’s parents. My grandmother was so happy to see us. My granddad was still at his Job, so my mom suggested that we go surprise him at his Job (principal of a school). His office was supercool. My sisters and I pretended to be principal and secretary while at his office. We all went home after that. My cousins, Tracy and Kylie came to visit and we had so much fun playing with them. In the evening, we all gathered around the table to eat a really good dinner of rice, chicken stew, pepper soup and some pork. Tracy and kylie stayed for a sleep over.
The next morning, we said our goodbyes, gave hugs and took some pictures before heading out to Bamenda to see my other grandparents (my dad’s parents). The ride from Kumba to Bamenda was longer than I expected. When we got there, I was so happy to see my grandma, grandpa, my friend Marita and my aunts. We spent a whole week at my grandmother in Bamenda’s house. My cousins in Bamenda came to see us (Stacy, Forchu, TJ, Caleb, Jordan and for the cutest…Shawn. Let’s not forget, their mom…my aunt Vera). After a week of eating, playing and just being with family, my sisters and I went with my dad to Ekok and Nigeria while my brother and my mom went back to Douala.
The ride wasn’t so long actually. Ekok was very hot but we survived anyway. The next day we went to Nigeria which is very close to Ekok. There we ate some ice cream, biscuits and chicken at this very beautiful hotel. We didn’t spend the night in Nigeria. We went back to Ekok. Did I mention that we found some homeless little puppies at our backyard in Ekok? We had no idea how they got there. But they were really cute.
We returned to our house in Douala after a few days, we couldn’t wait to get started on our summer business. My sisters and I came up with this great idea to sell candies and chips this summer. It was a great experience. We sold at the Bonamoussadi market. Even though, we had so much fun, we also did have some challenges. We had difficulties speaking in French, giving change and it was super-hot outside. Other than that, lots of people bought our candies and chips. After selling in the market for two days, two of my mom’s friends bought the rest of our candies and chips. We were so grateful. We gave them popsicles in return to show our appreciation. We still haven’t spent the money we made from our business.
Our cousins Charles and Franklin had come to spent some days with us. We couldn’t wait to start my dad made plans for all of us to visit Limbe, the town of friendship. We went to the beach, ate some delicious grilled chicken and plantain tapee. We had plans to back to the beach the next day but it rained cats and dogs in limbe that day. Too bad, we couldn’t spend more time at the beach like we wanted but this was my best part of the summer. We returned to Douala and had a great barbecue at home with my aunty mama and uncle Dede. I can’t wait for next summer.
A lot of people love dogs so much, they think that they are soooo cute, but not me. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate dogs. I just fear them. Dogs scare me so badly, it’s hard for me to breath around them. Recently, I was invited to my friend Kaycee’s birthday party and it turned out to be a nightmare.
I couldn’t wait to go to Kaycee’s pool birthday party. We actually got lost on the way there, but my friend’s mom, Susan gave us the directions by phone and we were able to find Kaycee’s house. When we got there, Kaycee and her mom welcomed me in. Kayci’s mom immediately warned me that they had a dog. Now that was not good news.
Inside, all my friends were sitting in a certain room. So, I went to go sit with them. Suddenly a huge one-year old, 130-pound dog Rover came bounding into the room, jumping on me. I panicked, and ran out of the room, the dog ran after me, and chased me, my heart pounding like it was going to blow! As I ran, I entered the next room looking for a place to hide. My eyes fell on Kaycee’s bed and I jumped on it, thinking that the dog wouldn’t climb on the bed, but I was wrong because this dog jumped on me and licked me clean. I just laid there and with my fear of dogs, I knew my death had come. When it was over, I was covered in dog spit. I was soaked to say the least.
I cleaned up and Kaycee’s mom decided that we go swim in the hot tub. With all that had just happened, I had to ask her to keep Rover away and that’s just what she did. I felt a lot of better at this point, no dogs and no running around. I was just about to start enjoying, another guest walked in with another dog. Worst of all, this dog could swim. If you throw a ball in water, this dog would go right in and fetch it. So, while I was swimming, a friend of mine who was also invited to the party, decided to have some fun. She threw a ball into the pool, this dog jumped into the pool to get it and I started drowning as I saw the dog jump into the pool. Luckily, some other friends came to my rescue and ushered the dog out of the pool.
After swimming, eating and playing with make up for a while, we started dancing and someone decided at that time to let Rover join the party again. Yes, my nightmare was back. Even though, everyone asked me not to run, it is hard not to when you have a fear for dogs. I managed however to go to Kaycee’s room without the dog noticing and stayed there until my mom came to pick me up.
It was a crazy birthday party for me and I still need to figure out how to get over my fear for dogs.