Student Blog 2016-2017
Free Write by Ellie Velasco, Freshman
My life has had some drastic changes over the years. There had been lots of up-and-downs, but I was too young to understand any of it. Now that I’m older, it seemed like everything bad was blurry, but the good times were perfectly clear.
I was born on July 15, 2002 in Duarte, CA. My parents, sister and I had lived there up until I was around 3 years old. Most of my parents’ families lived in that area, so leaving was a big step in our lives. My dad got a new job in Texas, so off we went. Hutto, Texas isn’t exactly a tourist spot, but to me it is considered home. I don’t even think there are more than 5 stoplights, but the countryside is what takes my breath away. Shortly after moving there, my dad’s siblings moved with their families to Austin, which is just 15 minutes away.
It was great in Hutto. The house we lived in was a 2 story, and there was always something to do. I still remember my pre-school playground, and to this day it still stands. To me, life was perfect, but it changed faster than you can say your own name. My parents divorced just 2 and half years of being there. My mom, sister and I moved back to California, while my dad stayed in Texas. For some reason, my older sister and I felt like a piece of us was left over there. At the start of her senior year, my sister had moved back over there to go to the University of Texas. Saying goodbye to, practically my second mom, was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My dad had moved into a new house, which was just 2 blocks away from our old one. He remarried to someone who is a very kind-hearted person. The only times I see him are in the summer when I go over there, or when I have vacation. Going over there is something I always look forward too. Texas is like home. I love everything about it. There isn’t anything that compares to staring at the yellow and green, auburn patches of fields with the golden sunset from my dad’s yard. All focus is lost, and the only thing I want is for the sun to never go down.