|In elementary school my principal retired and we had a going away party for her. While standing in line for refreshments my mom and I stood next to a lady who my mom new. She had a long white braid all the way down her back. We began to talk and ended up sitting next to each other. The next weekend we were at a wedding reception and once again Bernice ended up in front of me in line for food. We sat together and from here our friendship grew. Over the years we became closer and closer. I attended her birthdays and her anniversary parties. My mom and I would visit as often as we could. She always had so many stories to tell. Her walls were covered in Buttons, and she was always wearing the most beautiful antique jewelry. One place she always talked about was Giants Causeway, in Northern Ireland. She had never been but always wanted to. Giants Causeway is a rare formation formed 60 million years ago, by volcanic eruption. The lava sat and cooled slowly over 2 million years forming these rock formations of Basalt, solidified lava, that cooled so slowly that it cracked evenly so that all of the rocks are octagonal. It was then covered in ice until the last ice age melted about 16,000 years ago. However the myth believes that a giant named Finn MacCool who wanted to battle a giant in Scotland named Benandonner. They had never met so MacCool built stepping-stones so the Scottish Giant could come battle. However when he saw the giant coming he retreated home where his wife disguised him as a baby. After Benandonner saw the size of the infant he knew that the father must have been a giant and quickly ran back to Scotland and destroyed the stones between the two countries. You can find similar rock formations at the Scottish Island of Staffa. Bernice passed away a few years ago before she had the chance to visit this beautiful place. Sitting here Looking over the waves crashing against these beautifully sculpted rocks that have sat on this earth for far longer than I could ever fathom, I sat in aw at the beauty that surrounded me so thankful for this opportunity to carry Bernice with me and share this sight with her. After the long day out in the cold at Giants Causeway we all enjoyed a hot beverage in the café before boarding back on the bus and heading toward Belfast.