Bars Gwen essay example

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A farm in the Hudson Valley of New York brings back Gwen's earliest memories. Here, the fields are rolling in green, the mountains always in the horizon, a never ending stream of people going in and out of the front door and her life, a great place to live. Gwen remembers sleeping on a small green Army cot in her parent's bedroom, at the age of four. She remembers being terrified of the skeletons in the closet, and the bad dreams that stemmed from them.

Her father routinely sprayed the house with "Skeleton Spray" that smelled uncannily like Glade Country Fresh air freshener. Even to this day neither Gwen nor her older sister can stand the smell of that. On the not so rare occasion that the cute little four year old stayed up all night worrying about the dreaded skeletons, her Grandpa would come over in the morning and have a pancake fit. One day all of this changed, forcing Gwen to move away from her beloved home.

The move to Jonesboro, Georgia was an interesting one for Gwen and her sister, Danielle. In Georgia they both realize where their real home will always be. Life in New York differs greatly from the way people live in Georgia. In New York families are often seen sitting in a booth at a bar with all the bikers oohing and aching over the children.

In these bars Gwen learned a lot about life and was sought after like a rare '54 Harley Davidson. It is there that they have all the "uncles" they could ever ask for. It is also there that they get free Shirley Temples served to them by their two bartender aunts, Val and Wendy, whenever they please. Gwen's grandmother does not approve of these outings, but this is probably because she was raised to act the way a proper rich girl should. But Gwen's grandfather does not mind at all.

After all, it is not every day that he gets to see his favorite granddaughter. To this day Gwen's friends seem shocked when she tells them about the way she grew up. None of them can believe that her parents let her do some of the things she did when she was younger or even the things she does now. They cannot believe that a biker whose name was Rooster read her bedtime stories or even that he has a PHD in philosophy. It is even harder for them to believe that Gwen has turned down her uncle and his friends of their wanting to "take care of it", on numerous occasions. Gwen has lead a very interesting and unique life with many diverse people ranging from her mafia-tied uncle, to her so-called uncle bikers, to her loveable firefighting / truck driving grandfather, to her own Army father.

Gwen does not have the chance to hang around bikers all the time now, instead she ops for her friends. They do not usually go to bars and talk, instead they go to Starbucks. She has been to Germany and eleven states, and hopes to go back someday. Since she has moved down south she has done many great things. First baseman and pitcher for nine ten years, all-star trophies, special traveling tournament teams, marching band, these are all accomplishes that she can add to her list. At the age of twenty-seven, Gwen has accomplished many goals in her life and many dreams have come true.

She has traveled to Europe once again, while she was in college, and studied art in Paris. A law degree from Columbia University now graces the premises of her office. Now, she hopes to have her dream of being a jazz singer will come true. One can safely say that with unique upbringing of Gwen and her sisters, there will never be a situation they cannot talk or fight their way out of, never be a job they could not acquire, and that if anything ever happens, they will have the best people to call for help. Anything is possible for Gwen.