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Story of My Life in 250 Words

I am Tejana, born and raised. I grew up riding horses and fishing on my Daddy’s boat. I’d go to restaurants and order refried beans. Just refried beans. I still say “y’all” and “chanclas” and call grocery stores “H-E-B” no matter what their proper name is.

When I was little, my mom would pick me up from school and we’d go straight to her aerobics class. I’d have to sit there and watch a bunch of ladies with thong leotards over their bike shorts jam out to 90’s music. I think that’s what made me into a gym rat (exercise, not the thongs).

I was “different” for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t figure out why people liked MTV or Abercrombie. I “tried” for a while in junior high, but ended up finding a group of friends who made it more fun to be myself. I learned to surf and discovered punk rock, and finally found a scene that felt like home.

I was a nerd in high school, but didn’t spend much time studying. I could pretty much just show up and get an A. I eloped at 19. I pilgrimaged to the Galapagos Islands at 21. I went to four universities in three states before graduating with a degree in Geography from Hawaii, 3 years after graduating high school. I only applied to one law school.

Two months before graduating said law school, I became a mother. Seven months later I moved to Africa.

Bam. Exactly 250 words. The first few paragraphs were easy until I realized I had no words left, and my story hadn’t been told. I made it work, I guess, but I left too much out. If you’re wondering what the heck I’m doing, it’s part of the “Blog Every Day in May” challenge. There are fun prompts for every day of the month. I don’t know if I’ll make it through every single day (like I did for the Mama Earth Project), but I’ll try.