Who I Am

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I am from a loving family
Two parents, three children,
One cat named Smokey.
I am from summers spent on the pristine Destin beaches,
Holidays spent cooking fragrant turkeys and baking aromatic pumpkin pies.
I am from Richland in Metairie,
Egg-yolk colored house, front yard garden,
Summers spent listening to Jimmy Buffet while swimming.
I am from what some people call “not-your-typical” family
With an ever-changing history.
From my ancestral roots in Italy, Germany, and France,
To all of my relatives scattered across the United States,
To where I live now and wherever I settle in the future.
I am from cherished childhood memories
Roaming and prancing around Disney World with my parents and brother, Ryan, and sister, Casey,
Discovering the real magic of Disney and what the feel-good messages presented to me
Once upon a time.
I am from dancing to the Spice Girls and reminiscing about seeing the Backstreet Boys live.
Although I miss the past and view the near future as frightening, yet exciting at the same time,
I realize that childhood is a transitioning phase that cannot remain forever.
According to former President Abraham Lincoln,
“In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
This quote allows me to realize that although at times I dread the future,
It is better to live life to the fullest and to not live in fear.
I am from ambitions and bravery that allow me to pass on my legacy
From one generation to the next.





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