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Delayed Dreams Essay

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John and Leetie’s life could easily represent the American Dream. They operate a thriving lumber business. They own a beautiful home and farm with scenic views of a local river and have four successful children that they are immensely proud of. However they have known many hardships in their 46 years of marriage. The lean years helped to foster a close knit family and have made their success later in life that much sweeter.
John grew up in a household with seven children. Even by the liberal standards of his small community his family would be best described as poor. Meals consisted of whatever they grew, killed, or found. Hunting wasn’t a sport in his family it was a necessity. ...view middle of the document...

Leetie jokes that she wouldn’t have sex with John until they were married which helped to prompt his commitment.
The early years of their marriage were very lean. John’s paychecks from the lumber yard were stretched to the limit as they struggled to pay bills and put food on the table for their three daughters. Leetie babysat and later worked as an associate at Wal-Mart to help the ends meet. Many meals consisted of beans, potatoes, and whatever wild game could be had. The couple had the usual arguments over their finances. However, they take great pride in the fact that their bills were always paid and they received little to no assistance to do so.
The financial difficulties eased as time went on. John moved up the ranks to eventually become a lumber sawyer and Leetie became a department lead at Wal-Mart. During this time a surprise pregnancy brought them their only son. Significantly younger than his three sisters, Michael grew up with four mothers instead of three siblings. Later,...

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