tuttutopensesame-deactivated201 asked: What was your upbringing like? Were your parents very religious? Did you go to church every Sunday as a kid? What type of school did you attend (public, private, religious)? And, if you don't mind me asking, why did you get a GED instead of finishing high school the regular way?
I had an upbringing that would turn most other people into liberals: born in Florida to unmarried parents, mother left father when I was two, brought me, an only child, to Virginia; last saw father when five years old, not religious household, not political household, very poor (still below poverty line). Went to public elementary school. Somewhere in 7th grade or thereabouts I became a Christian, as did my mom. Home-schooled in a co-op with other home-schoolers through 10th grade. For 11th and 12th grade I attended a private Catholic school at no charge (the director/owner saw that it would be good for me, so she let me in for free; she was a saint). I got a GED for a slew of reasons, but I think it mostly stemmed from laziness. I never did the homework, got bad grades because of that, got so far behind in classes that I finished junior year with barely a passing grade (and failed grammar, in fact, even though I test at having honors-level grammar and English usage), and in senior year I decided, “Hey, I’m good at photography, I already know how to do it, I don’t need to go to college for it if I become a photographer,” and thought that if I don’t need to go to college, why would I need a high-school diploma? Plan was to go to California, where a particular girl was whom I had known since age 13, and we would date for a year or two, get married by age 20, have our first kid by age 25. Thought I’d be able to do photography and work a supplemental minimum-wage job. And for the same reason I was getting bad grades in my junior year, I was getting bad grades in my senior year. I wasn’t doing the homework on time (I didn’t have the discipline), and eventually I got so far behind that it would have been fruitless to even try making it all up. Plus, I didn’t need a diploma, I thought, because of my plans for California. So I planned on not graduating, planned on getting a GED. School ended, I got my GED like six months later, and then the California plans fell through, as did the relationship with the pathologically lying whore, whose name is Miranda Kuykendall, of Fresno, CA. So I still live in northern Virginia. Ladies, I’m single.