I definitely wouldn't have been the same, not at all. I have been influenced greatly by my siblings in many ways, and also treated differently by my parents as a third out of four than I would have been had I been an only child. I think I would have been less competitive, but more outspoken. As for growing up, my siblings and I are spaced fairly far apart (currently we are 29, 27, 21, and 14) so it's not like my parents dressed us alike or anything, and it wasn't like having a sibling that was your best friend. Instead, my older siblings were role models, people to get hand-me-down clothes from, and people to learn from (and people to freak your friends out at sleepovers). My younger sister, although she is almost eight years younger than I am, hopefully got the same role modely stuff from me.
2) So what drives you? What are you passionate about?
I'm still stuck on the whole literacy thing. It's terrible to me that some people cannot do what most of us think is a basic human action, reading. Whether it's reading a sign that says "danger! chemicals" or a good book, or a job application, I think it's a skill that we need to try harder to push, and close the poverty gap. Other things I'm passionate about? Being a good person. Being a good mother (which I obviously am not yet).
3) What kinds of qualities do you look for in friends?
Ooh, weird question. I like it. I don't know. This will be particularly hard to answer since so many of my friends read this journal. I'd say in GENERAL, I look for someone to share ideas with, and to have fun with. To share ideas with someone, you generally need to look for people with similar interests (like Harry Potter, board games, Latin, Music). To have fun with someone, you just have to have fun doing the same things, I guess, and that may or may not include the previously-mentioned interests. On a deeper note, I tend to make friends with people who need an emotional confidant, or people who are having trouble in their lives (or were, at the time that the friendship was made). I don't know if it's a desire to help people or if I'm just good to talk to about problems, but it seems to work out that way, often.
4) How did you come to get Padfoot? How did he come to get his name, and did you have any pets prior to him?
I grew up with cats named Dandelion (Dandy) and Azalea, and a dog named Bagel. Azalea died about 12 years ago, Dandy died about 10 years ago, and Bagel died this past summer. I also had random goldfish growing up. When I went to college, my roomie and I got a hamster named Zoey, who (in my opinion) died from microwave radiation and eating paint chips as she swung across the top of her cage like it was monkey bars. When she died, I got Fred and George, two "fancy mice" who were fabulous until their 1-year lifespan was up.
Now, Padfoot. When Rob and I moved in together, it was no secret that we were both pet-people, and we wanted to have a "family" I guess, and we wanted a dog. I searched several different animal shelters and when I saw Padfoot, I just knew he was the one. He got his name from the Harry Potter books. Harry's godfather, Sirius Black, is a kind of wizard that can turn into an animal form called an animagus. Sirius's animagus name was Padfoot, and he was a big black dog. Now, Padfoot isn't big (he's about 20 lbs) but he's definitely black.
5) What, at current is the mission you're aiming your life towards?
Right now I'd like to achieve happiness. I've always worked towards this as my final goal, but I'm taking a different approach. Taking life as it comes, and (hopefully, if I don't sleep so much) having more free time to do things I want to do, and more money to make those things happen. In achieving this goal of "happiness" it will probably include me going back to school, and eventually finding Mr. Sweeps Me Off My Feet and making lots of (and by lots of I mean less than three) babies.
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