January 24, 2012
English Composition 100
Anthony Patton: My Life Story
Born prematurely in the fall of 1984, Anthony Patton would most certainly consider himself a work-in-progress. He has numerous traits which he considers to be valuable, but like everyone else, he does admit to having many less favorable ones. Most of his traits are relative to his upbringing as a child.
Growing up on the streets of South Philly, Patton describes how he was able to survive around the gun violence and gangs. “I was exposed at a young age. I only had my mother in my life. My mom always told me that I can do anything I set my mind to. Being a single parent was hard for her and being as though I was the only child at the time, losing me to the streets was her biggest fear”. (Patton).When asked how having just a mother around benefitted him in life Anthony’s eyes watered. “It was a big benefit to me actually. Even though my mother raised me by herself there was never a time where we had to struggle.” He pauses for a few short moments, looks up at the ceiling before he continues. “I kind of felt some type of remorse for my mom. She always had a companion but I didn’t want my mom to depend on someone to help her financially. At this time I read a lot, which helped my imagination. I learned different things such as how to write and communicate. When I was old enough to work, I found a job. That was my main objective, help bring extra income in”.
Anthony’s passion in life is music but most importantly working with children. He feels if he can establish a common interest then he can use that to teach children discipline, teamwork, self-respect, the importance of high personal expectations, and doing your very best at everything you do. [continues]
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