**COUNTDOWN TO 36**

**COUNTDOWN TO 36**

I love the month of December, not only because it’s Christmas time but because our Lord and Savior decided to give my parents the gift of me.

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I’ve been alive for 35 years as of now. That’s such a long time, well according to my sister and kids.

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These next 20 days I will be telling you about my journey to 36.

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Age: Birth to 5

I was born December 20, 1983 to Isabel Calleros and Marcelino Castro in Fresno CA. When mom was pregnant with me, the doctor told her I was gonna be a boy (the 80’s didn’t have cool ultrasounds like they do today.) anyways, mom was going to name me Shaun. Well guess what? I popped out a GIRL! Yikes, now what is she going to name me? Well there was a show on tv called Kojak and one of the actors was named Telly Savalas and mom put Shaun and Telly together and now my name is Shauntelly. I hated my name so much. All my family calls me Shaun but growing up in school I went by Shauny and still continue with that name.

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I can’t tell you that I remember a lot from birth to age 5 cause I don’t. I can tell you some stories that my nino (godfather) has told me. His favorite story to tell people is when he had to take mom to the hospital so she can give birth to me. I lived in Fresno from birth to age 6 or 7 until mom decided to move to AZ. That’s when she decided to flip a coin on a map and wherever it landed that’s where we were moving. I was baptized catholic when I was an infant and my ears were pierced at birth.

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This is all I remember from birth to age 5 😩

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Keep reading daily to continue my journey. Don’t worry, it gets better.

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Love me

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