Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.
Just as I have been a twin my entire life and know no different, I don’t know how it feels to have my parents be together. They’ve been divorced since I was a baby. While this could be tragic and sad, I’ve never minded it. A part of me knew that the current situation was the best situation. So, I’ve always had two homes and extra parents around. Each parent (biological, step and in-law) has been influential to the person I am today. Here is brief snippets on what each of my parents mean to me-
I remember foot rubs, and reading books to her when I was a kid. She is definitely responsible for my reading habit. My mom is constant, then one who’s always been there. She’s strong-willed and doesn’t hold back, sometimes a trait I wish I had. She means little acts of kindness by paying for the person behind in line at Starbucks. She mean creativity and a heart full of love. My mom is softness and comfort, she means home to me.
My Dad is holidays and weekends. Fun and cool. I remember being so happy on Friday afternoons that he was picking me up from school. He’s always said ‘honesty is the best policy’, a motto in my life. He is pop culture to me, teaching me the King of Pop, the King of Country, showing me all-time classic movies and quizzing me on who is the face on the $20 bill. We may not talk every day or week, or even month, but when we do it’ll be like it was yesterday. He means value, belief, and fairness.
She has been there since I was in diapers and will always be there. From her example, I owe my work ethic to her – hard-working, always on time and diligent. She shows me that blood has nothing to do with family, it’s all in your heart. She means strength, resilience and laughter.
He’s also been in my life since I was little. Even though my Mom and him are divorced now, he will always be my Step-Dad. He loves and treats us like his own. He builds and fixes things. He helped teach me endless things – riding a bike without training wheels, managing money and driving. He was there everyday. He means a good man to me -strong, tough, and rough. He means caring and good investments.
They’ve only been in my life for 10 years now, but I love them. I truly lucked out in the in-law department. My Father-in-Law passed away in 2012, and I regret I was too shy to tell him that I loved him. He means thoughtfulness, genuineness and respect. My Mother-in-Law holds a special place in my heart. She is simply love. She means beauty, nurturing and family to me.