My aunts, uncles, five cousins, and grandparents shared the two remaining bedrooms.
In total, there were thirteen people sharing a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home.
In fact, we wrote a blog a few years ago on when you should write a diversity statement. Example 1 I was raised by a single mother, but my home was filled with family.
My mother, sister, and I shared a room with two twin-size beds.
Rejecting the criminal element in our community required a deliberate choice to exclude myself from the majority and often made me feel left out.
Many of my peers criticized me and called me stuck up or “white washed” because of the choices I made.
It was not uncommon for my neighborhood friends to have a drug abusing parent, a single parent household, alcoholic parents, or experience domestic violence.
Even though my father’s addiction clouded his judgment, both he and my mother always warned me about the dangers of our neighborhood.
I did not spend my entire youth in that overcrowded yet comforting home.
Eventually, my mother remarried and we were able to move out of my grandparents’ house.