Favorite Things From 2017 (So Far)

Now that we’ve hit the eleventh hour, I’ve started to put some thought into what 2017 has meant to me. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it has been a wild rollercoaster of emotions; I have been all over the place.

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Things Start to Click

So I had this idea of something I used to do often when I was a small child. When my mom finished her maternal leave with me, and had to go back to work, I would usually spend my days at Oma’s house.

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A Man’s Job

When I was just a teenager, Mama always said, “Find yourself a man who will take care of you.” Not much later, I learned what she really meant.

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Personal Parallels And Complete Coincidences

Do you ever find out random facts about your family, and are so intrigued by this new information, that you almost find it unbelievable? Not necessarily like it was information so disturbing, that members were trying to keep it hidden, but pieces are randomly left out in the air, and you happen to put two and two together?

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Call Me Marina

When I was a little girl, I would pretend I was a mermaid. In the bathtub, in the pool, in the ocean. I would swim with my arms, and would body roll my way through the water.

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This Is Your Life

I am the type of person everybody hates: I like to read ahead. I like to know what’s going to happen before it happens. You could assume that I don’t like surprises. But if you did, you would be wrong.

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Family Size

Being someone who only knows what it’s like to have a big family, I don’t have much of an idea of how it would feel to not. I imagine that being an only child is lonely.

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Never Again

You might judge me for saying this, but I’m not much of a trier of new things. And it’s okay if you do, because I would, too. I’m kind of already set in my own ways. If I do try something, and you get to witness it, good for you. Because watching me try something new is like sighting a dolphin in the Long Island Sound—it just doesn’t happen.

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Growing Up in Brentwood

Where I grew up has been considered a scary place for a long time. I actually live in Bay Shore, but I went to Brentwood schools from kindergarten until I graduated high school. So I guess I actually live in that little section on the west side called Baywood.

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