It is Saturday morning, but unlike other kids my age, I wasn't up early in the morning for Saturday morning cartoons. I was dressing to go to the local laundromat with my mother. I helped her lug the clothes into the car and help place them into the washing cycles according to their colors. Then I would watch the cycle spin and spin. Afterwards, I would help fold our bedsheets, curtains, and clothes and lug them back into the car. Once we would get back to our apartment, I helped place them into organized closets. I was in kindergarten. See the thing was I never met my father until I was ten years old. For about half of my life, I didn't have a fatherly figure in my life. I was a first generation child, and my mother had to raise two kids on her own while my father was working in Saudi Arabia just to save up to get to America. Because of this, I learned to develop independence and maturity at a much younger age than most of my peers. I was taught to cook and clean because my mother expected this to be typical Filipina women etiquette. Having only a mother figure with strict traditional ways in my life was a different experience.
As a young girl, I always claimed life to be unfair. As I grew older, I realized this is why I do what I do. I do what I do because of how my mother raised me. I want to exemplify woman independence as she did. My mother had to build from ground up, which is why I intend to develop something from nothing. This is why I go to school, do everything with a passion and as much effort as possible. This is why I do my best to exhibit good morals, because I didn't see it any other way as a child in a world full of innocence. My mother was the role model in my childhood, and my childhood became the reason I am what I am today and why I do the things I do.

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