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Defining Moments Some people are greatly affected by things that happen to their generation because there are no personal events that help define them Other people are defined by the events that have taken place in their personal lives I am defined as a person through the events that have happened to me personally This essay is about a few of the many events that have defined me As far as I can remember Ive always looked up to my father and always wanted to be around him Maybe this was because he was hardly ever around He was a heroin addict that didnt have respect for himself so didnt have any to give others He was in and out of jail on and off the street It seemed like he would never change and be their for his family Then one day he was sent to prison for 11 years This day was December 22 1988 My mothers birthday was the day before and Christmas was three days away Finally he started to show a different side and began to make promises of devoting himself to the family going to be the father his two sons desperately needed and the husband his wife had thought she married My mother worked the graveyard shift and came home to take my brother and I to school then went to her part time job while we were in school then picked us up went home and put food on the table She didnt sleep much she didnt think about her health or herself at all She just wanted to give her two boys everything she could She would take us on long drives to visit our father sometimes eight hour drives just for a eight hour visit Her health quickly deteriorated as a result One night when I was with my mother at work because there wasnt someone to take care of me that night
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