For six years I was the only child between my parents. Then, my little brother was born, and my life changed forever.
I’ve always shared a room with my sister. We know every little detail about each other – the good and the not-so-good.
“Back when my sister had an after-school job, she kept all the money for herself. I have to use my paycheck to help with groceries and rent.”
In her early teens, Christie Levine had to reconcile herself with her chronic scoliosis. In coming to terms with her disability, she also became an athlete.
A role model is someone you look up too. Many people look up to their parents, friends, family, or even famous people.
I was 13 years old the night I became homeless. I was fighting with family — that happened a lot — and my mom finally told me to get out. I could tell it was serious this time. So I did.
Growing up, Garrison Pennington’s mom worked long hours, while his dad stayed home and looked after him. This arrangement gave Pennington a more flexible view on gender roles.
Three years ago I thought life was terrible and it wouldn’t get better but now when I think back on it I think it is a lot better.
My dad grew up in the Reagan era, and he worked hard to raise my brother and I with the same brand of patriotism. He played us movies like Red Dawn, Rocky 4, and Top Gun — any film that featured Americans beating Russians at something.