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Jessica Hemauer’s essay “Farm Girl” is a true and remarkable story of a young girl struggling to understand why her father has her doing chores at 5:00 a.m. Jessica thinks to herself, “A typical ten-year-old child does not have to wake up at five in the morning to do chores!” ( Hemauer, 2011, p 83 ) She has to help her older brother and sisters to feed and milk the cows. Day after day the morning ritual was the same. Taking turns using the bathroom to wash up and brush their teeth. Jessica her sisters and brother head to the cellar where their work clothes are kept. The house rules are the clothes that are worn to do chores in are to be kept there, so the smell does not permeate through the house. Heading down the stairway their nostrils are hit by a horrific odor, stinky ole cows. Nothing is said as they get dressed. After Jessica completed her chores it was time for a quick breakfast, then off to school. “When I finally arrive at school, I have already been up for four hours doing chores on the farm in the bitter cold”. (Hemauer, 2011, p 84) When the other kids were thinking of things to do after school, Jessica knew she had more chores to do. This bothered Jessica, as she felt out of place compared to the other kids at school. School was her outlet. Jessica, badly wanted to get involved in school functions. When the other girls during lunch time would talk of clubs and sports she sat quietly longing to feel like the in crowd. It was during her eighth grade year that Jessica approached her parents about playing basketball. After pleading her case, Jessica’s parents agreed. Jessica still had to take care of all her chores after practice. She agreed wholeheartedly. She made the team and became a starter. Jessica felt she was becoming part of the in crowd. She was able to participate during conversations at lunch. When Jessica started high school, she became…...

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