Once long ago, there was a girl named Esperanza-Anna Emerald (Hope for short) who lived with her mother Isabelle. They lived very happily. Many years later, Hope was now a young curious woman.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. Hope wondered, “Who could that be?” so she opened the door. To Hope’s surprise, there was a penguin wearing a sombrero. The penguin asked in a Mexican accent, “Are you, Ms. Emerald? I was told to deliver some tacos to you.”
Hope asked, “Yes, that’s me and I ordered the tacos. But, who are you and what are you doing here in Mexico?” The penguin responded in a deep Mexican voice, “I am Juan, the guardian of Mexicana, The Arctic is too cold for me, and I’m a Mexican food delivery person.”
Hope said, “Ok, but why are you here Juan besides delivering Mexican food if you are the guardian of Mexicana?” Juan said, “I’m here because Mexicana is in great danger and the only person who can save Mexicana is you, Hope. ”
Hope said, “Ok, I’ll go. But before I go can you explain why Mexicana is in danger?” Juan nodded and said, “Yes, but we must get going to Mexicana so I’ll explain along the way.”
Hope said, “Ok, Vamos (let’s go! in English)! Soon Juan and Hope were on their way to Mexicana. Juan began to explain, “Many years ago, there was a ruler named Rapido who ruled Mexicana and they partied day and night. Unfortunately, the good times weren’t to last.”
Juan paused to catch his breath and let the words sink into Hope. Hope said after a few minutes, “So what happened next? And is Mexicana your home?” Juan chuckled and said, “Yes… Mexicana is also my home. Now shall we continue?”
Juan continued and said, “The people of Mexicana decided they were tired of Rapido so they wanted to take over the throne. It made Rapido mad and everyone in Mexicana knows not to make Rapido mad or trouble arises. There is a very special thing that can calm things down and you have it. So you see, that’s why we need to hurry back to Mexicana.”
Hope said, “Wow, that’s terrible.” Soon, Juan and Hope were almost to Mexicana. Once Juan and Hope arrived in Mexicana, Hope could see the chaos all around her. Hope immediately said determined, “Let’s do this! Now, what is the special thing I have Juan?”
Juan said, “You have a gem called Sarafina. The gem brings back happiness and peace to Mexicana. The gem is special as it only grows deep in the Forbidden Volancois. By the way, the gem is your jewels you are wearing.”
Hope said, “Ok. Thank you, Juan.” Hope quickly took the gem from her necklace. Juan whispered, “Now repeat after me. ” Hope and Juan chanted,” Cantis challum canti chant um i.”
Hope asked, “Did it work? ” Juan said, “Yes, it did. Thanks to you. Now would you like to stay in Mexicana to explore for a little bit?” Hope said, “Yes, please.” So Hope spent the rest of the day in Mexicana exploring. Hope found some herbs that she could take back to Isabelle as well.
The next day Juan and Hope set out for Hope’s home. Juan and Hope had become best friends over the journey. Now, one day later they were at Hope’s home. Hope immediately ran to Isabelle. Hope gave Isabelle the herbs.
Isabelle said, “Thank you, sweetie.” Juan had come inside Hope’s home while Hope went to Isabelle. Now Juan was standing next to Hope. Isabelle mysteriously asked, “Who are you? Where did you take my daughter?”
Isabelle was very confused. Juan said, “I am Juan the Mexican delivery person, your daughter’s friend and Mexicana guardian. In case you’re wondering ma’m, the Artic was too cold for me. Why don’t you let your daughter explain where I took your daughter?”
Isabelle said, “Ok, I can see that. I’ll let Hope explain the question. What’s Mexicana, by the way?” Hope said, “Ok, you see, Mexicana was in danger and I was the only one who could save it so I went with Juan as I had no choice. Mexicana is a rustic ancient town that has healing and energetic drama vibes. ”
Isabelle said, “Ok, that’s awesome. Can I visit Mexicana sometime?” Juan said, “Yes, you and Hope are welcome anytime. Here’s my sombrero hat, you can keep it.” Hope said, “I guess I’ll see you again soon. Thanks for the sombrero hat. Bye, Juan!”
Juan said with a longing look in his eyes, “You’re welcome, mi amigo (my friend in English). I’ll see you again soon. Bye, Hope and Isabelle!” So if you see a sombrero hat on a young girl, that girl just might be Hope. Isabelle most likely would be closely behind Hope.
Well, that’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!
Night sky with cacti
What’s your favorite Italian/Mexican food? I would love to hear your answers!
One day, a donut named Liana was walking toward a building called Friendship Inc. and wondered if someone in this building would be her friend. Little did she know, a watermelon named Summer was running toward the Friendship Inc. building and wondering the same thing.
When Liana and Summer reached the entrance of Friendship Inc., they collided not seeing where they were going. When Liana finally stood back up, she said, “Oh, hello there. I didn’t see you there.”
Summer said, “No, I’m sorry. Let’s walk into Friendship Inc. together.” Liana solemnly agreed. Once Liana and Summer stepped into Friendship Inc., a staff member named Rose said, ‘Welcome to Friendship Inc.! How may I help with friendship?”
Liana said, “We are both looking for a friend.” Rose chuckled and said, “I see you’ve already found a to-be-friend. Come, follow me. We need to do some tests to make sure both of you are right for one another.”
Liana and Summer followed closely behind Rose. A few of the tests were seeing what Liana’s and Summer’s favorite things were. The other tests were personal like the age and gender.
Finally, after the tests Rose said, “Oh, just as I thought.” Liana and Summer both asked, “What is exactly as you thought?”. Rose explained, “Both of you are now best friends.” From that day on, the donut and the watermelon held hands and met up every day.
So now if you see a donut and a watermelon holding hands anywhere, that just might be Liana and Summer. That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!
What do you have planned for this summer? I would love to hear your answers if it feels right to you.
Once many years ago, Anne was playfully jumping on some stepping stones designed to look like flowers. Many years past and Anne was now sleeping peacefully and was dreaming. Meanwhile, there was a hidden dream cam in her brain recording her dream.
Anne’s dream got posted online by mistake. So the very next day Anne decided to show the dream. Anne said, “Are you ready to watch my recording of a dream?” and the audience responded, “Yes!”.
Anne said, “Ok. 1…2…3!!! Enjoy!”. Anne settled down to watch with them. Anne saw herself on a floor at a school laying on her pillow. Her friend, Macy Helens was sitting cross-legged next to her as they listened to announcements.
Charity said, “I told you the pillow moved around”. So Anne shifted the pillow she was laying on. After the announcements, Anne had 1 class about art while Macy Helens had 3 classes that consisted of nature, summer, and space as well.
After Anne’s class ended, Anne walked by Macy’s classroom and Macy invited me to join her. Anne said, “Yes. Thank you!”. When Anne went into the classroom and it had been a while, Kaitlin Rose came in with Macy’s teacher, Annabelle and Anne’s face expressed surprise and shock due to seeing Kaitlin for the first time in years but Anne remained calm.
Anne got up to turn on the lights and to end the dream for them. Anne said,” That’s when I woke up.” to the audience. After Anne said her sentence, the audience clapped, whistled, threw roses, and some even shouted things like, “Well done!” and “Great job!”.
Afterward, Anne went into her home to eat some popsicles. And all was well in Anne’s home. Anyway, that’s the end of this fictionalized dream!
Back in July 2016, Macy’s mother Rose commented asking if Macy Helens and I could connect on Facebook on Rebecca (a 18p- friend of mine)’s Facebook post and my mother Camilla Downs asked me if I wanted to connect with Macy Helens before replying to Rose’s comment.
Naturally, I said yes as I was curious and eager to have a 3rd 18p- person to talk to. So I searched up ‘Macy Helens’ and sure enough I found it.
After I clicked follow, I waited for at least 1 or 2 weeks until I Facebook Messaged Macy using Messenger. And 10 minutes later, I got a reply saying Hi.
Then I asked her a few questions to get to know her. I asked, “What’s your favorite song?” at one point. Macy Helens replied, “Let It Go”. I replied, “My favorite song is Let It Go”. And after that I knew we’d be friends.
I also came know that Macy Helens was the same age as me. One year later, Camilla told me they were going to the Annual Chromosome 18 conference and I was ecstatic but I was nervous too since I didn’t know what to expect.
But when the big day came, Macy Helens and I were very shy but as we laughed shyly our shyness slowly drifted away.
We were giggling and laughing more confidently. By the end of the conference, we had become fast friends.
Many years ago, a girl named Annabelle (Ann for short) wondered if her sister who was named Marchelle (nicknamed Martha) had seen a majestic bridge like the one Ann was standing next to.
“I wonder what’s over the bridge”, wondered Ann as her soon-to-be-famous imagination and creativity took over. At first, she thought it was an exquisite kingdom with a rainbow themed castle and a beautiful young princess. Ann liked the thought of that.
Secondly, Ann thought that it was a tropical paradise. Suddenly, Ann’s thoughts were interrupted by Martha. Martha said chuckling, “Wow, that’s an awestriking bridge. Did you know that many years ago, I saw a bridge just like it? Anyway, we’d best get home or Mother might worry.”
Ann said, “Yes certainly, sis!” Meanwhile, Ann and Martha’s mother June was making dinner. June thought, “I wonder what the girls are up to this evening.” Just as June finished her thought, Ann and Martha came through the front door.
Ann and Martha said together, “Oooh, something smells good. Mother, do you mind if Ann and I go upstairs?” June thought it was a great idea and said, “Yes, girls. Just make sure you’re back downstairs for supper.”
So Ann and Martha went upstairs. As soon as they were upstairs, Martha asked, “Do you want to hear the story of how I saw a bridge just like the one you saw today?” Ann squealed with excitement and said, “Yes, I would love to hear the story.”
Martha chuckled and said, “Ok, let’s begin.” “It wasn’t very long ago when I too wondered where the bridge led to. So, of course, I set foot on the bridge and walked on into the dark of night.
Soon, I saw a fantastical light up ahead and ran towards it. Suddenly, I saw it was a magical world. I was curious and asked a fairy princess nearby where I was. The fairy princess said that I was in heaven.
Intrigued, I asked her you mean as in the heaven you read about in books? And she chuckled and said yes, that’s the very place we are standing in right now,” Martha paused to catch her breath.
Ann asked, “How did you get back home then?” Martha said, “I just took a magical rainbow unicorn flying carpet back home. Well, that’s the end of the story.” Ann said, “Aww! I wanted to hear more!”
June called upstairs to Ann and Martha. June said, “Ann! Martha! Dinner is ready.” Ann and Martha said, “Coming!’ Meanwhile, a time traveler was watching them and she knew that Ann wanted to cross over the bridge to find out what was there.
After dinner, Martha had a story to write. So Ann went outside to go to the bridge and set foot on the bridge like Martha’s experience. So she skipped, hopped, and ran throughout the dark of night.
Suddenly there was a blinding colorful light. Ann walked right into the light. When she came out of the light, she was in a magical world. Ann’s curiosity led to ask a nearby mermaid where she was.
The mermaid said, “You’re in Mermaid Land, Heaven of course!” Ann said, “Am I really in Heaven?” The mermaid giggled and said, “Yes. Now I can send back home. Would you like to ride on a starfish?”
Ann said, “Yes, please!” By the time Ann got home, it was 4:00 am in the morning. So Ann lived happily. Many years later, Ann was 20 and she had written a story about her journey to Heaven.
By that time, Ann was a renowned published author. Her now-famous imagination and curiosity were written in books she wrote herself.
So if you see a girl named Ann or Anne, there’s a good chance that you might see her. If you see her, be sure to say hi to her.
One day years ago, the Cloud King said in a powerful voice, “Have you finished pouring water down into the world yet?” And the Water Fairy said scared, “Almost, Your Cloudiness.”
The Cloud King laughed a loud, mighty, politely and said, “Relax! I’m not mad. I think the world is definitely getting tired of rain though. I do understand that you’re a water fairy and that’s what you’re meant to do.”
The Water Fairy said with a sigh of relief, “Thank you, Your Cloudiness! You have no idea what this means to me. Yes, I agree that the world is getting tired of rain but the world needs some kind of water too though. ” “Well, you could create lakes, rivers, puddles, and more for water”, said the Cloud King as he scratched his chin thoughtfully.
“Thank you, Your Cloudiness!” And so all was well or so they thought. Many years later, The Cloud King rumbled loudly and said, “Who took my lightning lamp?” The Lightning Fairy said scared, “I don’t know, Your Cloudiness! I thought I put the lightning lamp on your cloud.”
The Cloud King rumbled with anger and said, “Go find my lightning lamp now or I’ll make a violent storm!” So the poor Lightning Fairy went to search for the lightning lamp.
On the way, the Lightning Fairy flew into the Water Fairy (who was much older now) and so the Lightning Fairy said, “Hello, Aqua (the Water Fairy’s real name)! Have you by any chance seen a lightning lamp over this way?”
“No, sorry I haven’t. I’ll keep my eye out for the Cloud King’s lightning lamp, Summer (the Lightning Fairy’s real name) though.”, said the Water Fairy sympathetically. “Thank you, Aqua. I’m on my way to see Misty (the Cloud Fairy’s full name) and Raine (the Rain Fairy’s real name). “, said the Lightning Fairy longingly.
Meanwhile, the Cloud King couldn’t wait any longer and cursed the world by shouting, “Make a violent storm with loud sound and blinding light.” Almost immediately after he said that, thunder echoed on the Earth below as well as lightning striking the sky.
The rain came pouring down with the speed of light on Earth. Back at the Cloud Fairy’s home, the Lightning Fairy talked with the Cloud Fairy. “I’m sorry but I haven’t seen my father’s Cloud King’s lightning lamp, Aqua. Did you hear my father Cloud King cursed the world with a violent storm? Also, have you seen Raine yet?”, said the Cloud Fairy pitifully.
“Why, no! I didn’t know that, Misty. Thanks for telling me. No, that’s where I’m off to next. I guess I better hurry if I want to make to Raine’s home though. Goodbye, Misty!”, said the Water Fairy shocked and determined as she left.
Back at the Cloud King’s palace, the Cloud King was surprised at what he had just done to the Earth below. Sadly, there wasn’t anything he could do about it until he had the lightning lamp back.
Meanwhile, the Water Fairy had just arrived at the Rain Fairy’s home. The Water Fairy gently knocked on the door and a few seconds later the Rain Fairy opened the door. “Hey there, Aqua! I knew you were coming to look for something”, said the Rain Fairy calmly.
“Hey, Raine. You did, how so?”, said the Water Fairy quizzically. The Rain Fairy chuckled and explained, “You see, I borrowed the Lightning Lamp for one of my rain experiments but I see that the Cloud King beat me to it.”
“Oh, well. Are you done with the lightning lamp? I want to get the Lightning Lamp to the Cloud King right away”, asked the Water Fairy patiently. “Yes, I finished long ago with the experiment”, said the Rain Fairy as she gently gave the Water Fairy the Lightning Lamp.
The Water Fairy said, “Thank you so much!” as she left the Rain Fairy’s home and flew towards the Cloud King’s palace. Fortunately, he was asleep so she put the Lightning Lamp on the cloud as she left it previously.
The very next day, The Cloud King woke up to the Lightning Lamp sitting on the cloud like nothing ever happened. He gave a cry of joy having found it. Unfortunately, it was broken but the King decided to keep the storm and he had the power to control the violent storm.
After that, he gathered the Water Fairy; the Rain Fairy, the Lightning Fairy, and the Cloud Fairy together and announced that he found the Lightning Lamp. The fairies smiled knowingly and burst in celebration.
And everything worked out perfectly. Now the violent storm you have read about in the story is a thunderstorm, so if you ever experience a thunderstorm think of this story.
(This is our group photo from the 2018 Conference in Baltimore)
Hey, everyone! For this year’s fundraising efforts for my family to attend the Chromosome 18 Conference in Colorado Springs, I decided to make customized poems. Here’s some information on the poems:
The poems will be nature themed, fairy themed, mermaid themed, or unicorn themed. Every poem created will be different and uniquely yours! The poem will be made into a lovely graphic image and emailed to you.
Now, here’s some information on what the Chromosome 18 annual conference means to me:
The Chromosome 18 conference means a lot to me because I get to meet new friends and spend time with old friends. It also means a lot to me because I get to travel to a new city with my family.
Me with Rebecca
Macy and me.
The Chromosome 18 conference helps me get over my fears and my emotions. It helps me feel brave, courageous, and enjoyable. Here’s an example: In July 2017, when my family and I were inside the airport, I was fearful, nervous, tired, and afraid; yet, the view I got from the airplane was amazing and it was all worth it.
I want to check out the swimming pool and have fun with new and old friends. I also want to explore the city if the weather and temperature are good. I also want to check out new restaurants.
Here’s a poem as an example:
Butterflies dash and play
Within the golden sunbeams
Dancing in the afternoon sky.
Butterflies fly in the sky like a colorful moving rainbow
Glimmering in the sky.
The sky sparkling like water.
Butterflies dance freely along
Water sways as it’s greeting the butterflies.
Use this PayPal link to enter your amount and note whether you would like nature themed, fairy themed, mermaid themed, or unicorn themed. If you would like the printed poem with a border using recycled materials, be sure to include an additional amount for shipping costs.
**You can still purchase prints of my abstract artwork also. Visit this page if interested in that option.**
Here are two poems I’ve recently written for supporters …
Hey, everyone! I just got back from a trip to Baltimore for the annual Chromosome 18 conference. This blog post is a summary of what I did at the Chromosome 18p- conference this year. I hope you enjoy reading this blog post. In case you’re wondering, the links are Thomas’, Camilla’s, and Chromosome 18’s website.
I woke up with my leg feeling sore from dancing hard the previous night. Anyway, I got dressed and ate breakfast and got ready to go for a walk around the Riverwalk. Camilla, Thomas, and I walked for about 30 minutes.
Afterward, we came back hot, hungry, and sweaty. So we ate lunch and eventually went down to the lobby. In the lobby, we waited until 3:50 pm for a Lyft driver to take us back to the airport.
At the airport, I was bored so I Facebook Messaged Macy while I was waiting to pre-board the plane with Camilla and Thomas. Right at 6:00 pm, we took off for McCarran International Airport.
During that flight, I wrote a story called A Brave Girl. (Click on the link to read the story). Anyway, I had Fritos, juice, and water on the flight. I also played games, read books, looked out the window, and took pictures.
On the way there, I saw tons of halos around the sun and a magnificent Nevada/Arizona sunset which was amazing welcoming us to Nevada. I walked around without holding Camilla’s hand.
I even went to the public restrooms all by myself.
Anyway, at 8:30 pm, we had plenty of time to wait so we took our time this time. When we finally sat down, I Facebook Messaged Patty and Macy letting them know we made it to Las Vegas.
At 11:00 pm, we preboarded the plane again. The plane was an old Southwest Airline plane. Once we took off, I was tired but didn’t go to sleep. Before I knew it, it was 11:50 pm and we were hovering over Reno.
At midnight, we got off the plane very tired. The airport was surprisingly very quiet and empty.
I even managed to walk through the whole airport without holding Camilla’s hand. Anyway, we made our way back to our car. Once we got some things unpacked, we all got ready for bed.