Special Memory

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[cryout-button-dark url=”#”]Tell us about a memorable thing[/cryout-button-dark]

I remember the day like it was yesterday, the memory is that vivid. If I close my eyes, I can picture the scene: a coral shell road, a gate to a hotel by the beach and two people struggling with the gate. It was early in the morning and I was on my way to work. You see, this was Galapagos Islands and I was 12 years old. I worked at the Charles Darwin Foundation as a park ranger’s assistant.

The couple were American tourists visiting the island and staying at the hotel. They were out and about, even though it was seven o’clock in the morning. I stopped and helped them open the gate and asked how they were doing. I spoke no English beyond those four words, “How do you do” and the couple quickly realized that. The woman spoke Spanish and was able to talk to me. She found out who I was and where I worked. It happened they were looking for a young person to be their guide while in the island and I fit the bill.

They talked to the Director of the Foundation and he agreed to release me for the week to guide the couple. I spent the week with them, being their guide and starring in a documentary film they were producing while on vacation in Galapagos. They were filmmakers who traveled frequently to exotic spots to film documentaries on location. After the week was over, my future parents asked me if I would like to visit them in America and quickly said yes. They gave me a chance to come to America and live with them. That chance meeting, early in the morning and my ready to help attitude is what changed my life forever. That one in a million chance encounter became the one in a million chance for a better life. And, it happened to me.

What is your memorable thing??