Happy Birthday to our resident McNerd and military/SEAL expert – @GLBali – aka Gracie – aka Infant. Hope your day is totes awesome! Lots of love from Andrea and westy. x0x0
***Warning: you will need to set aside ten minutes to view Gracie’s birthday present. And be prepared…the story and the video -they’re full of ugly. We had to force ourselves to make this present for her – Gracie is lucky we love her heaps. Because this – this was sheer hell. BUT…we love all our H50 fans so much, that we would endure this torture over and over and over again, if it makes them happy. So.much.ugly 😉
Gracie’s mother shook her gently. ‘Time to wake up, sweetheart’ she said softly in her daughter’s ear. Gracie groaned and attempted to bury herself further beneath the blankets. ‘But Muuuum, it’s still dark!’ she protested.
‘I know, honey – but you have to get up now. Remember what day it is?’ her mother said encouragingly as she left Gracie to get out of bed.
Gracie’s eyes shot open. Of course! Today was her birthday! But why the early start – she’d never had to get up this early before. She reached for her new iPhone and checked the time – 4.30! Mum and Dad must have something really special planned for today. Maybe a helicopter tour of one of the other islands?
Her family had been in Honolulu for a week, which was a pretty special birthday present in itself. Gracie threw back the blankets and headed for the bathroom. Emerging some ten minutes later, freshly showered, she dressed in shorts, T shirt and her favourite Converse and headed out to the living area of the suite they were staying in at the HHV.
Her parents and brother were seated at the dining room table. Gracie expected to see a big, brightly wrapped gift on the table, as in birthdays past, but there was nothing except for a large, official looking envelope.
Her mother placed a plate of toast spread thickly with Vegemite in front of Gracie. Whenever they travelled, her mother always packed a jar of the Australian staple. It was one food item Gracie could not live without.
While she ate, Gracie’s parents couldn’t stand the excitement any longer. ‘Go ahead, open the envelope!’ they urged. Wiping her hands on a napkin, she reached for the thick, white envelope. She liked the anticipation of trying to guess what was inside, and toyed with it, turning it this way and that until her parents shouted in unison ‘OPEN IT!’
Gracie giggled at their impatience and excitement, then tore open the seal. She lifted out what looked like an itinerary…so they were going on a trip somewhere! Further reading however, revealed that this was no helicopter ride to an outlying island. This – this was possibly the BEST present she had ever received. EVER.
An invitation to Junior SEAL Boot Camp!
What more could a little girl like Gracie ask for?
Commander McGarrett looked around at the group of eager young girls sitting cross legged in front of him. He hoped the girls would enjoy his basic outline of SEAL training and perhaps there would be some future SEALs in this group.
The Commander gave them a little talk about catching wild boars, and a display of knife throwing skills before sending them off on a hike through the valley. Detective Williams would help him keep an eye on the girls – there was no chance any of them would get lost. Not on his watch!
Gracie was starting to feel just a little bit scared. She had somehow managed to become separated from the rest of the girls while hiking, and now she was… lost! She was a tough little girl, and while she had no doubt that she would be found, she was disappointed with herself for letting Commander McGarrett down. A little sob escaped her lips.
McG, who had realised Gracie was missing and had begun searching for her, heard the sound and breathed a sigh of relief. He found her crouched beside some foliage. His heart melted when he saw how upset she was.
‘Hey, Gracie – it’s ok, you’re safe now’ he said gently. Gracie, who had expected him to be angry with her, sobbed even harder at his gentle tone.
‘I’m sorry’ she cried. ‘I’ll NEVER be a good SEAL!’ she wailed, her tears coming faster now.
‘Hey, hey, it’s ok Gracie’ McG said softly. ‘I tell you what – how about I give you your very own personal SEAL training?’ he asked, hoping to dry her tears. Gracie, who had managed to calm down a bit, gave him a beaming smile.
‘Really?’ she asked. ‘That would be TOTES awesome!’