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Never say the word cant in my house This phrase has beenembedded in my mind from the time that I could walk and talk and isstill firmly resonant in my mind till this very day Any time the wordcant would come out of any of my mothers childrens mouthincluding myself she would converge into a fit of rage She would grabus firmly by the arm stare us directly in our eyes and demand us neverto speak of that word again As a young child I never understood whyone small four letter word would cause such a dramatic responseHowever as I have aged and matured this quotation has guided andcarried me through the trials and tribulations of this game called lifeand have made me who I am todayI grew up in the rough parts of the Bronx with a single parent mom witha younger brother Life was never easy for us but my mother tried tomake the best with what she had Despite the violence drugs and moralpollution surrounding us my mother always instilled in us the propermorals to guide us through life Her main focus with myself and mysiblings was education She wanted us to excel in school so that wecould go to college and make a better living then what she had Whileother kids were outside running the streets we were inside working onmath and reading workbooks that she had purchased While other kids wereout taking trips to Six Flags we took trips to the library While otherkids received the newest toys and electronics for Christmas we receivedbooks and intellectual games As a young teen I began to became angry with my mother I was mad atthe world I couldnt understand why we worked so hard but never reapedthe benefits All the other kids had the latest fashion and the coolesttoys and yet I had nothing to show for my hard work It seemed as ifeverything was going wrong For instance at the
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