It Takes All Kinds Essay

1259 Words May 27th, 2015 6 Pages
It Takes All Kinds
Nicole Sarhan
Pursassive Essay
Writing Sample.
5/4/15

I’m having a hard time with this topic. I hate lumping people into groups. I understand that it is human nature for us to do this; a way of keeping things sorted in our brains. But to me, it’s offensive. I grew up not knowing exactly how to classify myself. My father is Arab, my mother a German. The two of them met and created me, along with my five brothers and sisters. I didn’t fit in on dad’s side, and certainly didn’t fit in on moms. I am the product of two people who refused to acknowledge color, class, or ethnicity. My parent’s choices taught me not to lump people together. To instead get to know people for whom they are, not who you think they
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A gifted soccer player in “the old country”, my father would be asked to play Olympic Development Soccer, where he would excel and catch the eye of a few coaches looking to start a program. The University of Michigan would accept my father on a partial athletic scholarship (as there wasn’t a competitive soccer team at the time), and he would move to Ann Arbor. There he would meet my mother.
My mother was born to an Untied States Military Private, and a German nurse. The two met while my grandfather was stationed in Munich. They fell in love, got married and had two children. The couple moved to Detroit, where my grandfather would take a job as a head diesel engineer for The Ford Motor Company. My mother was beautiful, talented, and rebellious. She was fluent in German, French, and English before age five. She was the perfect mix of smarts and sass. She grew up in an area of Detroit called Indian Village, situated right on the Detroit River and home to The Manoogian Mansion (the mayor of Detroit’s residence). Even though Detroit was on the decline, Indian Village remained unchanged. It was very white, very wealthy and very exclusive. After graduating high school, my mother would take a year off to travel through Europe, chase The Grateful Dead and be a bum. She returned home ready to attend The University of Michigan. After moving to Ann Arbor, she took a job waiting tables at a local café. It was

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