Footprints

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As I sit in my room tonight, my mind wanders back along the tracks it’s trod many times before. Together, it and I meander through memories, occasionally glimpsing at those it seems I’ve trod upon too often before. I remember those grand accomplishments of my own that faltered in my mind having no one to share them with. Equally, I remember those small feats of a group and the pride we shared together. I continue to wander through this mist, passing up happiness and sadness both until I reach a memory that seems fresh, untainted by over-reminiscence. I sit in silence and wonder in curiosity for a moment. This memory doesn’t seem to reflect joy or despair, anger or envy, but a sense of wonderment and even respect. Anxious, I reach out and embrace the memory, once again soaking in the lost dignity of a past time. I stride through aisles made into mazes by too many displays and overcrowded text. As I walk on I ignore that small script, hopeful and dumbed-down explanations for the average citizen. A T-Rex lingers in the room behind me as I decide to explore deeper into the past. I pass up feathered and scaled constructions alike, criticizing some poor paleontologist’s interpretation of what he sees of the past. Until finally, after a long journey, I stumble into a new room-- Even though the figure peeking from behind the smooth plexiglass display is stuffed, I can still see the loyalty in its eyes. These were the eyes of man’s best friend, or man’s best friend’s cousin, as it were: the dire wolf. From the italicized text that hung next to the case, printed on yellow mock-antiquated paper, I read that this fierce thing had lived throughout North America for almost 1.8 Million years. It was larger than today’s grey wolves, sometime... ... middle of paper ... ...oladoras.” The Wet Engine. Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2005: 79-91. Selzer, Richard. “The Knife.” Tell It Slant. Ed. Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2004. 395-402. “Wolves, Coyotes, and Dogs (Genus Canis)”. Illinois State Museum. Web. 08 Mar. 2010. . "Jack London - Biography and Works." The Literature Network: Online Classic Literature, Poems, and Quotes. Essays & Summaries. Jalic Inc., 2008. Web. 08 Mar. 2010. . "World of the Wolf - Canis Dirus." NATURAL WORLDS. C. Campbell's NATURAL WORLDS. Web. 08 Mar. 2010. . "Dire Wolf -." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation Inc., 6 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Mar. 2010. .

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