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A Girl Named Alaska: Her Story. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Our young Inuk friend updates us on what has been going on in her life.

Hello from Umiat, Alaska!

This is your Inuk friend, Alaska Maniq Quilliiaaq, writing.  I hope this finds you well!  I have been busy, what with school, taking care of my twin baby brothers (Siniq and Saqaq), and helping Mamma with the sewing, cooking, and housework.  I also have been helping taking care of Grandmother Oouliq; her Alzheimer's has gotten worse.  She forgets things so easily now.  It's scary!

I like being busy.  That way, I don't have to think so much.  I especially get sad whenever I think about Gemma, my little sister who died of cancer three years ago when she was only six.  I miss her so much; she was such a happy, sweet little girl who always laughed!

The weather here is getting colder again, with temperatures in the lower to mid forties for highs.  It gets into the teens and twenties at night; already we have had some snow here on the tundra where we live. 

The hares, foxes, and ptarmigans are already starting to get their all-white winter coats in, and twice last week I saw snowy owls looking for food before the winter.  I also saw geese heading south.  So winter is most definitely on the way; by Christmastime we will be in complete darkness for at least three months, with only the aurora borealis (northern lights) lighting our way.

In school, the kids still tease me.  I am getting more disgusted with Ms. Caroline; she doesn't seem to do anything to stop the teasing.  The kids still call me "Eskimo-Pie", "Seal-Eater", "and other horrid names.  It's getting so bad I am seriously thinking of dropping out of school and have Mamma and Father teach me!

I am getting worried about Grandmother Oouliq:  she keeps thinking I'm Gemma.  I keep telling her Gemma is dead, which always makes me cry.  She's getting so bad; she may end up having to go to one of those old-people's homes in Fairbanks if things keep going like they are!  This Alzheimer's she has is a frightening thing:  it's like she's becoming a baby all over again, although she's an old lady!

Well, I am going to go.  I'm at school now as I write this; if Ms. Caroline sees me writing in my book of words instead of doing my math, she might take away my book from me.  That would make me so upset!  I can't live without my book-of-words; it's very important to me!!

Take care, may the Great Spirit bless you, and talk to you again another day!  This is Alaska saying bye-bye!

~Love, your Alaskan friend, Alaska Maniq.  :(

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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 9/17/2009
For a young lady she has a lot on her plate...good update, Karen.
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 9/17/2009
Boy she sure as alot to deal with for a little girl. She seems so sweet. Thanks for another great story Karen!

With Love,
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/17/2009
Been in Alaska a few times, love it in early winter and early spring, a great place that should be left alone, primarily send the people out before they screwed up what took millions of years to make the place it is! Alaska the girl, is a blessed one!


Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/16/2009
Karen your on a roll with these updates, thanks for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/16/2009
Thanks for the update Karen. Patrick
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/16/2009
Great update from Alaska, Karen. Very well done.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/16/2009
Another look into a land very different than our own but still a beautiful place all the same.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/16/2009
Such a sad little girl is Alaska - very well penned, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(

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