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Memories of Stuff

Personal Narrative
My dad was easygoing. He was one of those people who always said, "Don't give me gifts! Just be a good girl!" or "Just be happy." And he actually meant that. Stuff was cool, but peace was better. My mom on the other hand? She wanted STUFF. Flowers, jewelry, gadgets, whatever. Just make sure you got her STUFF. Preferably, wrapped goodies she could shake and pinch and guess about, then unwrap, ooh and ahh about.  Me being the (sometimes) good daughter, I'd shop, and wrap and give her stuff for Mother's Day. We'd also go have brunch somewhere that required reservations and stockings. Such was our tradition leading up to 2003. But that year, I wasn't feeling it. I called her up and suggested a movie instead, fully prepared for her…
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Saying No to Say Yes

Personal Narrative, Spirituality, Temple Building
I don't know what the future holds. This is an amazing realization for someone who prides herself on being a planner. I remember being in my room, the summer before my freshman year in high school, with the brochure of graduation requirements. As a "rising" 9th grader, I plotted out all the courses I would take and when (including summer school to possibly get done early). I stuck pretty closely to that plan and graduated in the top 5 of 360 people. Still mad about that C in Clothing, but what can you do? Without going into my whole academic career and life events since then, let's just say I like to know what's next. Which brings us to where we are now, in this amazing and scary place. I…
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