Oh, wow! Paola and her dad had been to different countries! “We just moved around the US,” Maggie answered. “Mostly little towns in the midwest.” She had always been proud of her travels, but Paola definitely had her beat. Maggie knew her parents were immigrants from Europe, but she herself had never left the country. That one time they went on vacation to Niagara Falls, they didn’t even go to the Canada side! She heard that was the better side, but Mama said they didn’t have passports anymore and couldn’t cross the border.
“My mom and I live in Chicago now,” Maggie added. “We finally settled in with Ika a couple years ago now.” The Cetus liked that arrangement. Ika was absolutely the best, and now that she had little baby Huckleberry, it felt so… whole. Maybe it was silly, since obviously Mama and Ika weren’t, you know, a mom and dad, but it felt like a family. She had missed that. When it was just the two of them, Mama always seemed so stressed and nervous. Maggie couldn’t really blame her, but it made her so sad. Now things were better.
“Anyway, now that we’re friends, maybe we should try to translate this into the assignment?” she suggested. “Professor McKindy said one sheet of parchment per group, right? We can use mine if you don’t mind doing the writing and reading it back to me. I’m not very good at spelling.”