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Brittany Smith Professor Halfhide (Dr. Harrison) July 30, 2008 The Journey of my Life If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. ~Malcolm X Life has thrown a few curve balls my way and none more enriching than relocating to Miami to reside with my dad, stepmother, and siblings. I’ll be the first to admit that moving to a new city, far away from the customs, friends, and activities that I grew to know and love was a challenge. Yet, the experience has enriched my life more than I ever thought possible. The love and guidance of a father is so important in a female’s life, and I am eternally grateful for the role my father has taken in my life. When I first moved to Miami, I was slightly bitter. My mom’s job forced her to make some residential changes and forced her to go back to school and it was decided that it would be more beneficial for me to reside with my dad and his family. Although I enjoyed a loving relationship with my dad and his family, I didn’t have to see them every day. I went from being an only child to the eldest of five siblings in the blink of an eye, and I initially resented it. At the age of thirteen, I had to become the big sister, and the baby sitter, as well as attending a school where I knew no one. To add insult to injury, my dad is a very active member of his church community, while I lived with my mom, church was a place I went only when necessary. I was accustomed to doing things my way and suddenly rules, chores, and church were thrust upon a most unwilling and rebellious participant in this new game called my life. My dad is a youth minister and a teacher at a juvenile detention center, which all equals a
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Smith 2 no-nonsense individual. He always says that no one comes before our God. What I first deemed as a brusque and overbearing demeanor was simply a loving parent who sees first hand on a daily basis what can occur to young people who aren’t steered in the right direction.
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