Before you think that I’m going to tell you how I gained a lot of character from being the New Girl in Middle School, I didn’t. My dad retired from the military and we stayed put from the time I was in 5th grade till I graduated high school and moved away to college. My parents actually still live in the same town I graduated high school, I’m not sure they’ll ever leave.
The town I grew up in is a small Oklahoma town that has a large military population. I’d never live there now, but it was a good place to grow up. People always wonder if I hated being an only child and the answer is no. I think a lot of people think that only children are lonely, and many probably are, but I personally didn’t feel that way. I think having to play on my own from time to time cultivated a vivid imagination, which is very useful in amusing yourself and sometimes others. I also think that being an only child also played a huge part in shaping my very sensitive soul. I can turn on the water works at the hint of an unkind word. I don’t take to being “picked on” very well and constructive criticism can sometimes be hard to swallow. These reactions are in response to people I’m close to and love; strangers are obviously a different story. Even though I’m sensitive, I don’t really consider myself a pushover. I’m not afraid to speak up when need be, especially when I think that I’m not being treated fairly or someone I care about isn’t being treated fairly. I like things to be fair. The tough lesson I can’t seem to learn: Life isn’t fair.
After high school I moved away from that very small town and went away to college. It took me six years to complete my bachelor’s degree. Changing your major your junior year will do that. College…what a blast! I had the best time and made the best friends. After college I moved away and lived in San Diego, California for almost four years. I’m in love with Southern California as a result, but when the relationship I was in ended abruptly and terribly I move home to Oklahoma. It was the right decision for me and I’m so glad things ended and then happened the way they did. Dodged a lifetime of mediocrity and gained a life of so much to be thankful for.
Oklahoma is where I’ve been lucky enough to make a few really, really, really great friends that have become like my family and who I know will be around for a long time. It’s here where I met my husband four and half years ago when a relationship was the last thing I was looking for and the last thing that I thought that I needed at the time. We’ve been together ever since. We’re both unafraid to share what’s on our mind which makes things a bit… fiery at times, but I wouldn’t want to imagine life without him. Most of my favorite moments have been with my husband and as cheesy as it sounds, he is the love of my life. We welcomed a cutie pie of a baby girl on May 15th of this year. What a unique love, the love you have for your very own child.
And there you have it, the very brief summary of my who’s, where’s, what’s that shape who I am today.
This post is part of Blogtember, a September Blog Challenge.