Amy - Rochester, Michigan
Entered on September 22, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: respect
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By definition, “respect” means to be considerate and polite to others and to treat other individuals the way you would like to be treated. As a kid, I grew up in a small town in southern Tennessee and whether it was at school, at church, or simply at home, this was the one golden rule that everyone was taught. Living in Tennessee I was expected to treat everyone with respect and when asked a question by an adult, regardless of who it was, every answer had to be followed by “yes ma’am” or “yes sir”. Manners were very important in my family, if my mom found out that we were not being polite or used disrespect towards anyone, major consequences were in store for us. To some these rules may seem strict and out of line, but growing up this is all we knew of. My older sister, my younger brother and I were all raised by these rules and as far as we knew, everyone else followed these rules as well.

When I was twelve years old, my dad got a job offer in northern Ohio and despite all the crying and begging we kids did, he decided to take the offer. Before I knew it, we had packed up the moving van and off to Ohio we went. The town we moved to was a much bigger town than what we were used to in Tennessee