I woke up at 6 a.m. and got ready for the big day ahead. We boarded the buses around 7:15 and hit the road around 7:30, bound for Niagara Falls, NY. It was a long drive, about 4 hours with the stop we made halfway for breakfast, and at some point the air conditioning on our bus broke so by time we got off I was kinda cranky. I wasn’t having a really good time, because of the crankiness, so I called my mom when I was waiting for my friends outside of the pizza place they were using the restroom in. I complained to her about how awful of a time I was having, and I told her how much better it would be if she were there. At that moment, I realized that I really, really, really, missed my whole family. My family and I traveled to Niagara Falls before, when I was younger, and I have fond memories of riding The Maid of the Mist, a boat that takes you close to the falls, going to Canada, and visiting an awesome aquarium. Every time we went, we had a great time.
After I got off of the phone with my mom, my friends and I walked over to the falls. Every time I see them, I am surprised at how big and powerful they are. The clear water rushed over the humungous boulders, spilled gracefully over the lip of the cliff, and then fell with a thundering roar into the turquoise waters below. I decided to stay behind and just watch the waterfalls while my friends went to walk onto a tall overlook. I was alone, taking pictures of the falls and texting my mom, when I heard a woman say my name next to me. I spun around, and was face-to-face with my mom and dad. I was so shocked and surprised, that all I could do was burst into happy tears and hug them. I felt dumbfounded, elated, and quizzical all at the same time. I had no idea that they were even thinking of coming – as far as I knew they were spending a quiet day at home after sending my sister off on a bus with my grandma to see Blackwater Falls in West Virginia.
I was so happy to see them, and they were happy to see me. They brought awesome food, including a bunch of freshly-baked homemade chocolate chip cookies and a rhubarb cobbler. We sat and ate and then found my friends and I introduced them. Anyone who ever meets my parents pretty much always says, “Wow, your parents are really cool”. I am so grateful to have such thoughtful and loving parents. Thank you mom and dad for making my day!!!
I spent the whole day walking around with my parents and just talking with them. It was one of the best days of my life. It felt great to be able to sit with them face-to-face and catch up with them after so long. It was kind of hard to say goodbye to them, but it was easier than when they dropped me off at the beginning of my stay at Cornell, because I knew that I would be seeing them again very soon, on the 5th of August.
I do realize and feel bad about the fact that although my parents could drive the 4 hours to come see me, not everyone has that luxury. I couldn’t imagine being halfway around the world from my parents for this long.
Well, anyway, here are some pictures from my trip!