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Stealing Freedom Essay

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Weekly Writing LogI could hear my grandma yelling for me from downstairs, but I was too busy in my thoughts to pay any attention to it. The mayor of Scottsfort, England, where we lived, was an old friend of my grandmothers and could get her and I tickets to the new world. We would travel by sea and we were told to pack light. I had two weeks until we would leave and I did not know how I could possibly pack my whole life into one suitcase. The thought of just leaving our calm farmhouse that I had lived in my entire life did not sound very appealing, however traveling to the new world, America, did.I tried to put off the action of packing my suitcase and went out to the garden to get it off of my mind. I raked the dirt then pulled out a huge carrot out of the ground for a nice afternoon snack. I was thinking about the garden I would make when we got to the new world. I knew tomatoes would be popular so I packed some seeds in my suitcase. I talked to my friends about my grandma's decision to go to America, they said they would miss me but try as hard as they could to head over their too. I soon realized that I wouldn't be leaving everything behind because my friends were coming too.The days seemed to go by very slow ever since the news was broken to me that we were going. I was still not sure weather to be excited or not for the big move. I started getting bad thoughts about our journey there and weather our boat would even make it. Grandma began to grow very quiet as we neared the trip not speaking as often as usual. She seemed out of place a lot of the time and as well as worried. Was she hiding something from me? What ever it was I just let it go thinking that I would figure it out sooner or later.Finally the day came that we had to depart our home and head to America. My grandma and I stowed our two suitcases and went below deck. Our boat was small and made loud creaking noises whenever a wave would hit it. I swear it was within ten minutes that I got seasick. I felt like a ball rolling around inside of a bowl. It just kept getting worse so I decided I would do my best to get some sleep.When I woke up, the ship was shaking violently and was half filled with water. When I got to the deck I saw that we had entered right into the middle of a storm, waves were crashing over the side of the boat. People were yelling as water entered through holes in the wall. The rest of that night was a blur and I woke up to find myself on the hard wood floor in the sunlight. There was no land in sight and the sky was a bright blue. The previous night had felt like a bad dream. I hoped that would never happen again on the week left we had on our journey. It had been almost a week since we departed our countryside home in England to head to the new world. The boat we were on was no longer a fun ride to a new place; it was a torturous wasteland of foul odors and raggedy wood. Rats had begun to gather in packs on the lower deck and it just smelled like sewage down...

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