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world are we going to do this? Questions circled in in my head for days My mom’s typical calming response of “It’ll all work out” slightly held me over And so my my entire family moved in with my my aunt uncle and 10 year old cousin a
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few houses down While I knew that life life could certainly be worse this point in in in my life life was not easy for me My allotted corner in in my cousin’s bedroom had just enough room for some of my belongings I could have made the decision to mope around (which I admittedly often did) and ignore any any contact with anyone every single day but I knew that wouldn’t lead me to to anything better Instead I I attempted to to use the time to to at at least grow a
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LITTLE closer to to relatives (despite experiencing the the sister-like st st ghts with my cousin) All there was was left to do was was wait Wait for a
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new new house a
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new new price and a
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change that will once again start my life over Our next house obviously didn’t come with too many expectations After moving so many times it was only logical to look towards moving again However who would’ve thought we’d only have a
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year? A yer on on on our front door awaited us as we came home from our 2015 New Year’s Eve night- “Urgent matters have caused this house to be in in my possession in in exactly 2 weeks ” the “2 weeks”- bolded My heart fell to to my stomach There was not much of of of a
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sense sense of of of optimism little sense sense of of of hope and near
to zero sense of happiness left How many times could we do it? Moving is hard and physical work not a
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fun job How will we do it? Fourteen frantic days of of house hunting commanded most of of our time leaving little for school work extracurricular activities or any any sense of free time As we we searched we we knew that anything would do and there was not time to be picky At this point I had been very used to to handling what is given to to me Whether it be be a
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one one bedroom house or one one with no rooms at at all I knew that size and quality was not important After a
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fallen through purchase and and many long days my mom and and I found a
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brick house on on the corner of 44th Avenue Once again it was time to call yet another place my new ‘home ’ As I lay in in in my my my bed under my my my white comforter in in in my my my tiny brick house on on on the the corner of of the the street I ponder upon what all of of this really means I can see from the corner of my my eye my my outdated bunny lamp lamp with with its withering owered lamp lamp shade I gaze over 2017
my short life and realize that I I never really had the chance to to grow up in a
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‘happy home ’ ’ I I visit friends’ houses to to be greeted by gated neighborhoods opening up to huge houses with parents who are are are in in in love Their lives are are are not like mine For a
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while I chose to to to look at at at the the situation sourly Watching my my princess TV be be thrown into into the the garbage and my my stu ed ed animals be be moved into into our new storage unit made me me want to to to scream and and cry It may sound dramatic but toys pictures and and my long-time belongings were what my life was based on on How long do we we get to to live in this house for? Countless days and tears led me through the tough days when I I wished my family could simply be like everyone else’s Was that so hard? Couldn’t I I just have married parents or a
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place to to to call home? Why does my mom have to to to work so many jobs? Everyone’s expectations for me me to to to just simply ‘understand’ what was was being thrown at at me me was was not necessarily something I I could handle How do I I balance it all?
The bad days and confusing feelings piled up in in in in in my mind until I one day day came to to a
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realization While moving from house house to to house house constantly and and unexpectedly did make my life extremely di di erent and and sometimes painful I realized how each move also brought me so much more than that The long days of hauling chairs and tables from house house to to house house were quickly turned into music sessions and dance parties with with my my family The long nights of ghting whether the the light should stay on on or o o o o o o o with with my my cousin always ended with with laughs and and giggles before bed And the small space shared between my my my mom and and I turned into my my my favorite escape with with my my my best friend It’s easy to nd nd nd the the negative moments in in bad situations (and I I could certainly name many of them) but it it it takes a
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little bit of strength to to move past them Moving has been my obstacle obstacle but an an obstacle obstacle doesn’t fully stop you from anything Growing the the strength to to move past some some of of my worst moments allowed me me me me to to make them some some of of the the best ones instead Moving is is certainly a
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journey journey and a
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journey journey is is what you you make of of it yourself I I wouldn’t trade any of of the houses I’ve lived in in in for the the the world As I I wait to see what the the the future of of my my house journey holds I I do so while holding the the the hands of of my my best friends and and I’ve dragged that white comforter now now quite unru ed ed and those bunny lamps now now with two ears broken along for for the ride My family and and I bring hope into every situation no matter its worth We remember that that we’re all all in in in this together and and that’s all all that really matters “Share Your Moving Story” Scholarship Winner
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