My dad was a high school graduate, nothing past that. He made the most of what he had for both himself and me though. My dad and I have went through boisterous situations where he was making a mere seven dollars an hour trying to provide for the both of us and paying our bills. Working only five days a week, this goal was very hard to uphold day to day. We would live on egg rolls and ramen noodles. Occassionally, we would splurge our few extra dollars on palatable Totino's Pizzas; cheese, not pepperoni. However, making the best of what we had seemed to be the most fun I had ever experienced in my entire life. Though i did not have the newfangled clothes that all my friends in school had, or the ability to join groups so promptly that cost money, I was very understanding and did not inquire for much. I saw on the Christmas's where I would have a total of seven presents under the tree, the look of shame that would surmount my father's features. So, when I opened my present, I would act like it was a brand new thoroughbread pony! The happiness that would re-enter his face was more than any present he could have ever gotten me...
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... requests to hear it. No body has influenced me like my father has.
The next time you take your parents for granit, think of the children who have no parents, or only one. Think of the struggles that the family could be going through. The next time you decide to make fun of somebody for what they are wearing, or what they eat, think of the things that could be possibly be going on at home. I have been on the other side of the jokes. I did not find them as funny as every other child did. I did not get discouraged easily though because I knew that even though those children had more than I did, I had the best relationship with my father that anyone could ask for. When I go to college and preform my first operation, my father's words of determination will be ringing in my head, "Paige, you will be the best brain surgeon in this whole world when you grow up."
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