In a world that has over 7 billion people, I am a daughter, sister, and an aunt to a family that is considered interesting to some, and typical to most. I grew up in a household with a mother and a stepfather and saw my father whenever he was in town. I am the middle child out of five children. I have an older sister, Shannon, an older brother, Shane, and two younger brothers, Brett and Shawn. My older siblings share the same father, while my younger brothers and I have the same father. We all grew up in the same household with our mother and never considered ourselves half siblings. My relationship with Shannon was always strong. We fought like typical sisters when we were younger; being seven years apart will make times stressful. At the end of the day, she is always my best friend and my rock. Brett and I are considered Irish Twins because we are eleven months and one day apart. We were very close growing up and still are to a point. We definitely are living our lives in different states right now, but when we lived together, he was one of my best friends. Whereas Shane and Shawn and I do not get along. We all are very competitive and have strong opinions that often contribute in our fights. I was an aunt by the time I was eleven years old. Shannon blessed us with a beautiful baby boy in June of 2002. He was the first nephew and grandson of the family. After that, I was made an aunt four more times. Shannon has four children: Bob, Benjamin, Evelyn and Jeffrey and Shane has: Natalie and Payton while expecting their third. We are a growing family.
My mother and I never really got along. I know that she always loved me because I am her daughter and a mother has a specific love for their children, but we never truly ...
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...re. Nothing was within walking distance and I had to change schools and become an outcast. I did not see a light at the end of the tunnel when I first went to school and felt more alone than ever. I no longer had my sister with me; she would always protect me. I was too shy to even try to make friends. This move actually was the best occurrence that happened to me and I didn 't realize that at first, but knowing everything I know now, I am glad I moved. I ended up attending two fantastic schools that made me find my inspirations for pursing a career in education. There were quite a few teachers who played an important impact on my life during this time, mainly between mathematics and English. I also gained some of the very best friends who I now consider sisters. When you believe that everything is falling apart, it’s honestly only helping everything fall into place.
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