Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Where Aren't They Now: 10

Simone was named well before she was born. Her parents planned for her, pined for her, could not wait to become parents to a darling little girl. When they counted ten fingers and ten toes they resolved not to have more children; Simone was all they wanted in the world.

This is a lot to live up to as a child, but Simone did what she could. She excelled in her bilingual charter school and became a graceful, intelligent child. She did not resent her parents for their devotion, but there is a time in every child's life when they begin to itch for certain freedoms.

When she was 12 she wheedled and pleaded until her parents agreed to let her stay on her grandparents' farm in Iowa for the summer. She came home two and a half months later a happier and more grounded individual, and had a difficult time staying indoors.

Her parents, misinterpreting, signed her up for equestrian classes, but Simone was more involved with a new group of friends at the local 4-H. She grew and chased her passions, but never fully embraced them until her mother passed away when Simone was 31. Simone finally left her hometown and put everything she had into a farm in Idaho, making a name for herself in an insightful study about the effects of orphanhood on developing livestock.

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