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My Life – Then, Now and the Future

Leona Wolford

PSY 202 Adult Development and Life

Judith Richardson

October 3, 2011

I always thought I knew what I wanted to be when I was little, but life doesn’t always happen as planned.   In this paper I will talk about my childhood and the experiences I had which help to mold me into the person I am today.   I will talk about my goals for the future and what I plan to achieve with the degree I earn from Ashford University.
I was born on a small island called Guam, which is a U.S. territory.   For a majority of my childhood, I grew up in a single parent household.   My parents divorced when I was two years old.   I was never really close to my dad; he and I visited a few times a year until I was in the seventh grade and moved to California to finish my middle school years.   I moved back to Guam in the ninth grade and recall seeing him once and haven’t seen him up to this day.   My dad and I are trying to rebuild our relationship slowly.   It’s going to take some time but I’m hoping that one day, I will have that father-daughter relationship I’ve been longing for.
I had a fairly good childhood.   I lived with my mom, grandparents and uncles in one big house.   This made our family very close.   I remember going to the beaches on Sundays with my family, which also included aunts, uncles and cousins.   Even though I didn’t have my dad around when I was growing up, my life didn’t seem different than anyone else’s.   I guess you could say the void of my dad’s absence was filled by my grandfather and mom’s three brothers.    
My mom was a police officer back home.   She worked long, odd hours to provide for my siblings and me.   Because my mom was working a lot, I was in charge of taking care of my brother and sister.   I had to cook, clean and help them with homework.   My relationship with my brother and sister is very strong because at a young age, I had to play a motherly role towards them while our mom was working.   I saw...

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