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Misted Memories – by Publications Author, Amanda Marx

I scaled across the damp rock wall. Mist hit my frigid face in gentle spirals. Carefully placing my body, I searched the wall for footing. Moss clung to the ceiling of the cave, absorbing the wayward splashes. Rocks jutted out from the ground, as if protecting the enclave. The water pounded against the surface. I continued to scale along the embankment, adrenaline pumping through my veins. Mirrored by the falls, I stood in its powerful wake. I glanced over at my friends. Their lingering eyes awaiting my movement. I plunged into the water, the cold took my breath away.

Memories have a funny way of appearing at the most unrelated and inconvenient times. Some catch you in the middle of a dream, others in the middle of an argument. There is no way to harness the past, I have given up that endeavor a long time ago. I have learned to embrace it, and laugh over the memories. So in this moment I drew them in, soaking up the happiness that they carried.

I reflected on senior year. It is amazingly bittersweet. You try to balance friends, homework, planning for college, Senior Project, and sleep. On top on that, you are constantly worrying over lost time, and whether certain projects and people are worth that precious time. Then there is this realization that you are an adult, and you only have a few months left of childhood. The memories came in a flood.

I remember my first day at Portland Adventist Academy. It was halfway through first semester my freshman year. I knew absolutely no one, but I was thrilled to meet new people. I was excited for fresh opportunities, and happy to experience change. I still remember walking through the doors for the first time. Before going in, I took a deep breath and promised myself that I would succeed and make the most of the next four years.

I remembered a spontaneous drive to the coast with some of the Seniors. We sang along to the stereo with the loudest voices, and were just content being together. When we finally reached our destination, we meandered across the fresh expanse of sand. We absorbed the dawning of the day, and danced on the beach.

I remembered one of my long drives home, listening to inspiring music, my window rolled down, and staring into the heart of the Columbia Gorge. It was one of those moments where I was completely content. I was not stressing about school, drama, projects, growing up, or friends. I was not weighed down by the month’s torments and challenges. In that instant I was happy, and my mind was clear. I live for those moments. We all do.

I resurfaced and began taking shallow breaths. I swam toward my friends. My body was extremely cold, but I felt alive. Ready to embark on adventure. Ready to make memories with my friends. I climbed up the rocks, and journeyed back to my friends, urging them to follow me back into the waterfall.

by Amanda Marx

Amanda Marx graduated from PAA in June as class president. She is headed to Walla Walla University this fall where she’ll make many more friends and incredible memories.

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