††††††††††† I have a very large family, and so far half the kids are out of the house. My parents are pretty strict Irish Catholics, so they wound up with six kids. As a result, I was not raised very traditionally. I never had my own room until I was sixteen, and the house was always noisy.
††††††††††† My dad was born in Buffalo, New York, where he was raised and went to school. He became a meteorologist, and later became a lawyer. My mom was born in Imogene, Iowa on a farm, and she rarely left Iowa until she got out of college. My parents met at a Catholic singles group, and they decided to get married after only a couple months of dating. That seems weird to me, but over twenty five years later, it seems to have worked out.
††††††††††† My older sister, Bridget, was a rebellious child who went to the University of Iowa, majoring in Management Information Systems. She now has a steady job and is working on her MBA. My older brother, Tommy, is a very strong man who decided to join the Marines one day. He now travels the world in search of adventure when heís not swabbing the poop deck. I am the third child, and I am by far the favorite of the litter. My older younger sister (think about it) is currently attending DMACC, and she will probably major in English since she likes to read books so much, and knows how to not end her sentences in prepositions (although not as well as me). Michael, the youngest of the boys, is a strange little case because he is rather quiet compared to the rest of the family. He only speaks up when he is really interested in the topic, which is usually ďTim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!,Ē a staple in the Dowd family. Finally my youngest sister was born four years after Michael. She is twelve years younger than Bridget, but she exhibits similar behaviors to her older sisters. She is very loud, but thatís not always a bad thing, because she usually has something completely ridiculous to say. She is certainly the kind of child who says things that seem like they came from someone older.
††††††††††† All in all, itís a great family, and I cannot imagine life without any of those suckers. I probably should not leave out my two cats, Swussy and Charley, who are both given all the love and attention a cat could possibly want. After moving away for college, Iíve realized that I miss some aspects of living with so many siblings. I am not used to being bored when I go home, so now I just try to get really good grades to fill up all my empty time. I do not plan on having so many kids, but it will be nice to come home once more to the sound of a bunch of hooligans causing trouble.
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