The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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These moments in my life really mean a lot to me. Being from a divorced family, I always had a hard time really connecting with anyone in my family except my sister. Since she is only 15 months older than me, we were basically twins and did everything together. Of course we would fight like any siblings would but at the end of the day, we really only had each other to rely on. To this day, she is still the most important person in my life and we have supported each other through everything. So when I look back on these moments with my sister, I realize that we will always play such a huge part in each others' lives. But on a different note, looking back on experiences like this one specifically made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in construction or engineering. I always loved using my hands and just making things but the part I loved even more was watching people, like my sister and the castle I made her, enjoy it. The happiness and appreciation you can bring to people's faces from something you took the time to design and build for them is really the best part hence leading to me majoring in Architectural and Civil engineering here.

 "Come on you slow poke. Last one there is a rotten egg!" my sister would yell at me.

                The beach was long and wide with the blue surprise at the end in which we would throw our bodies into. The water was refreshing and cooled us off instantly. The hot July rays were washed off of our bodies and it felt like nothing else mattered. We looked back at our family setting up the blanket and chairs. My sister and I always ran into the water first before anything else. I mean, it was the best part. We would get back and mom would put on the sunscreen because if we did, we would get patches of sunburn everywhere. We would then start our construction of the sand castle, the real reason why we come to the beach.

                "We have to go close to shore. That is where the best sand is" I would tell my sister. Even though Tiffany was the older sibling, I would always boss her around.

                "No, we have to get the dry sand and then put the water on it, then it becomes good sand."

                My sister would shovel all the sand into the pales. Each grain of sand mattered so much to the artistry of the castle. Scoop by scoop she would fill the pale to the brim until a few grains tumbled to their ultimate demise. Picking out the rocks and stones along the way, she carefully leveled off the top of the pale. The remaining sand we collected would be drowned in salty, cold ocean water by me. We would wait to see each grain soaked and saturated. At that point, it was ready. That was the perfect medium in which to make our castle.

                "Ok, we have to plan this out. Where is Princess Penelope going to sleep and where is she going to make dinner?" my sister pondered.

                "Princess Penelope? Who is she?" I quickly replied as I went to retrieve the castle sand molds from the bag.

                "She is the one who is going to be living in the castle, duh" she answered even quicker.

                We established that I was going to build the castle and my sister would make pretend that she vicariously lived in it. We were a solid team.

Beach Adventure

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1998
Sandy Hook, NJ

These moments in my life really mean a lot to me. Being from a divorced family, I always had a hard time really connecting with anyone in my family except my sister. Since she is only 15 months older than me, we were basically twins and did everything together. Of course we would fight like any siblings would but at the end of the day, we really only had each other to rely on. To this day, she is still the most important person in my life and we have supported each other through everything. So when I look back on these moments with my sister, I realize that we will always play such a huge part in each others' lives. But on a different note, looking back on experiences like this one specifically made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in construction or engineering. I always loved using my hands and just making things but the part I loved even more was watching people, like my sister and the castle I made her, enjoy it. The happiness and appreciation you can bring to people's faces from something you took the time to design and build for them is really the best part hence leading to me majoring in Architectural and Civil engineering here.

Decade: 1990s
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Recorded by Steven Gobac on March 14, 2014
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