Thursday, October 25, 2007

Meet my friend Truly

My name is Truly Gattuso and I am a 20 year old college student majoring in Geography with a minor in Medieval Literature. I realize this is a strange thing to major in, and I am fully aware that I will be livening in a box on the side of the road some day surrounded by old books and maps. However theses are two of the things I love, so this is alright by me.



I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, which is where I grew up. I have a twin brother named Milo, and he is my best friend. My mother is English teacher, which would in a way explain our names. She has a thing for beautiful words, and she believes that truth and honesty are the best virtues a person can have, thus my name is Truly. I guess she was hoping that by naming me this, I would be truthful automatically, and I guess it worked. I am not a very good liar. One of her favorite books is Catch 22, which is where she got Milo's name. Milo Minderbender is not the greatest of characters in the book, so I am not so sure what her reasoning was there besides liking the name. I have never asked.



Alaska is a nice enough place to grow up in; we had fun playing in the snow all the time. I had a normal enough childhood, average grades, lots of friends, a good life except for one thing. My parents got divorced when we were 14, and it really messed up things. Dad was never really around when we were little anyway; he is kind of a dick. I always longed for a dad that did things with us, our dad was always at work, staying late hours or working on projects. I always thought it was alright since he was providing for us, until we caught him in our own living room with another woman.



My mom was devastated; Milo and I were just confused. They fought a lot after it first happened in front of us. It was probably not handled in the best of ways, but I can’t blame my mom. He was the love of her life and he broke her heart. I think this is about the time I started to get into maps. I would just look at a map of Alaska in my handy atlas and look for new places I could escape to. We moved to Virginia which was my mom’s idea of the opposite end of the country than Dad. We are happy in Virginia, and really I don’t even think about Dad ever.



High school was where I really came into my own. My tom boy facade melted away and I became a girl again. Unfortunately, along with becoming a girl, I also became a little overweight. That is when I started to tap dance. I know, that sounds weird, but I was really unhappy with the way I looked, and I needed a fun way to exercise. I got really good, and lost a lot of weight. By senior year, I was much happier with myself, and I had a fun new hobby.


I looked on t Milo and I always stuck together. Milo is really shy, but I am really outgrowing, so together, we had plenty of friends. I had a few boyfriends in high school, but nothing spectacular, just short term experiments. I had lots of friends in high school like I said, but I was never one of the popular girls. It was like I was the leader of the rejects, but that suited me just fine. One of m favorite things to do is people watch, and my circle of friends was the most interesting bunch of people in the entire school.



Now I am in college and it’s great. I go to West Virginia University and it’s the perfect place for me. I am not that big into drinking, but I love people and hanging out and going to parties. Milo goes here too, I don’t know if he likes it as much as me. I mean, he has the same friends as me, but like I said before, he is super shy. He has his own English major friends though, and that seems to work out for him.



I had an amazing summer this year. I spent it in Rome, at least a month of it, and I made the coolest new friends. I am actually writing a story about it, hopefully it will be up on my blog soon. I have a bunch of interest besides people watching, writing is one of them. I also love playing music. I play the piano and the harp; I am not he best in the world, but its fun. I am in the Orchestra at school, and I love it. If you want to see my other interests, check out my Facebook page here. Also, I have a Myspace here. I like meeting all sorts of people, so find me and be my friend!