Finally, the night I had been waiting for had arrived. I and my mother had endured a long journey to Costa Rica. Once we were there, I had to sit—impatiently—through what seemed like a ridiculously long drive to Ostional Beach. Once we were in the right place, I and my mother waited for nightfall. It had been a long journey, but now it was all about to pay off. I heard my mother gasp, “Look!” In the dark water of the sea were dozens, then hundreds, of enormous female sea turtles. As I and my mother watched in wonder, the determined sea turtles dragged their heavy bodies out of the water and up onto the beach.

(it was all about to pay off.)

A. I would like know the meaning of “all”

1. I and my mother

2. a long drive and a long journey

3. ?

B. I wonder if “it” means “time” or “to pay off”.



That's a lovely paragraph.

A. 'all' refers to 'all the things we had to do' - the journey to Costa Rica, the long drive, waiting patiently until night time and so on.

1. Usually - politely - you would put yourself second 'my mother and I'. In the context of this paragraph I don't think it matters too much, because it is an emotional first person account, so it's ok to say that it is about 'I and my mother'.

B. I think you have to take 'it' as an English idiomatic 'it'. The same thing is true in a sentence like 'It is raining'. In that sentence, 'it' doesn't refer to anything - it's just the way that we sometimes start a sentence.

Hope this helps