I thought I was lost at first glance of this city until I found myself in front of this grand establishment that could possibly hold the entire city's population. In big florescent beacons, it called itself "Wal-Mart". There was quite the commotion especially around electronics and monitors that looked very familiar to me, but I wondered what need the humans had for it. Are they monitoring other planets too? And who was Nintend...
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...ly thought, but all the more enticing.
From this one night, I felt as if I was here for more than just recon. I felt like I was here to grow a heart; to experience the happiness and Christmas cheer. Being surrounded by all of these people and hearing everything about this tradition, I see now that to be the most technologically advanced is not exactly a focus down here. On this planet, there is a non-physical figment of the mind that powers these people’s smiles and keeps them running all season. It truly is no wonder that they call it a “Merry Christmas.” There has been no other planet that has made me feel smaller and more insignificant and more alive at the same time. Though it is definitely very cold outside, I can’t help but feel warm. Though my motives feel empty, I cannot help but feel whole. And though I am but a lone stranger, I cannot help but smile.
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