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Aboard The Mayflower
Dear Aunt Mary,
How are you, I hope you are doing fine. I really miss you and I really hope this letter gets to you and Uncle Lester. I really wish we can meet up again or you can come and visit or we’ll go and visit you in Plymouth, England. I anticipate that you can write back to me as soon as possible because my mom and dad really want to keep in touch.
Today I boarded the Mayflower. It isn’t that bad but I have a slight cough. Mom tries to cook us some beans but she can’t because the ship rocks back and forth all day and the food spills everywhere! It’s really hard to eat dry biscuits with rotten cheese everyday. The food is really unpleasant to eat. There are mice everywhere. And I have to eat the food that mice and cockroaches have already nibbled and stepped on, it’s really gross but there’s nothing else to eat. My brothers have typhoid fever because of the rats and cockroaches on the food. They have a fever and are light headed.
All day I long to run on land, play with friends, and play the flute my father bought me for my birthday. All I do is sit in a crowded area with 100’s of people. Try to get some fresh air once in a while, and talk to my mother about this journey we’ve taken from Plymouth, England to an unknown land. I get bored and tired of being in the ship, I get sea sick, but I think how wonderful it would be to have our own land and follow our own religions. Also how it would be to play with my brothers and race a round the new land.
Something really terrible happened yesterday. I’ll tell you the dreadful story. It was a wonderful day. No storms, no dark clouds, nothing was going wrong. The sun was shining as bright as can be, and the ship wasn’t damp and cold, as it always was. My mother cooked us some beans and my father was on deck. My father was watching the sparkling vast sea. When one of the sailors pushed my father overboard! My mother, my brother, and I heard one of the sailors yell, “Somebody went overboard!” My mother, brother, and I rushed on deck, looked into the ocean, and it was my father! My whole family kneeled and started praying and crying, for my father. I wished I had spent more time with my father.
Suddenly my father came up miraculously! He had caught on to a loose rope on the ship! He climbed up and we all started hugging him and giving him kisses on the cheek. My father had told us what happened. “I was just looking at the radiant ocean. When suddenly a sailor was rushing for something and he pushed me overboard! The fall was very breathtaking! I swam through the ocean and when I had come up to look for something to grab, I saw a rope. Just when I grabbed the rope a massive wave made me go under the ocean. When I thought the wave was gone, I went up and grabbed the rope once again. I knew I had the rope very firmly gripped I was climbing the rope and then a sailor grabbed my hand and pulled me up! Then I knew God didn’t want me with him yet.” Those are the exact words he said.
Turns out the reason the sailor pushed my father overboard was because the captain was choking on a piece of squid he ate. The squid wasn’t completely dead and it's suction cups were still alive too. So the suction cups grabbed on to the captain's throat when he swallowed it. And the one of the sailors was going to get help for the captain.
The captain turned out good. The good part was that he didn’t completely swallow the squid, so one of the sailors saw one of the squid’s tentacles by his uvula. The sailor grabbed the tentacle and pulled it out of the captain's throat. So the captain thanked the sailor and we continue on our journey!
I really enjoy writing to you, Aunt Mary. I hope we can continue. Tell me how Plymouth, England is. How is the family? Message me as soon as you can! I really miss you!
Article posted November 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM •
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