My Life, My Words: Brittany Noland — ‘More important things to worry about’

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Brittany Noland, 20, stands Friday at Bear Creek Animal Hospital, where she works as a veterinary technician.

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Veterinary technician at Bear Creek Animal Hospital

“I am (from Craig.) Not originally, but I’ve been here long enough I call myself ‘home grown.’

“I was actually born in Fort Worth, Texas, but I’ve lived here most of my life.

“My dad lives there (in Forth Worth) so I’ve spent time there but not as much.

“There’s not a whole lot to do here, but I don’t mind it and I definitely don’t hate the town. A lot of people want to get out and, of course, everyone wants their own piece of life, their own experiences and whatnot, but I don’t think it’s a bad town to raise a family in or anything like that. There’s not as high a crime rate as the bigger cities, but then again, it’s not like it’s so dead that there’s only one supermarket and everybody knows everybody. There’s still a chance to meet different people.

“I actually got hired (here) to be mostly a cleaning person and then they got shorthanded and started training me up front.

“It wasn’t (something I wanted to do), it was basically just a job at first. I’m also a single mom, so I was trying to get my life together, get a job and everything set up, and this was here.

“(My son) is 2 going on 3.

“My junior year, halfway through the year, I transferred to the alternative school here and I ended up finishing (school) through the alternative school but still graduating through the high school. That definitely gave me a lot more freedom to work, go to school and take care of my son at the same time.

“(Being a teenage mother) is definitely a new experience to go through. You don’t get to go out and party like all your friends and you don’t get the social experience like most kids do. Which, that’s OK. It’s not something I do a lot. I love my son more than anything, so I definitely wouldn’t ever take it back.

“I wasn’t miss popular in high school or anything, but I have friends that like to go out and drink and have fun and party. I also like to do those things, but I hit that point and I don’t event want to go back to it. It’s not going to benefit me.

“I definitely have better and more important things to worry about. It definitely was a turning point.

“In the summertime it’s fun to take him out swimming and camping. Things like that are fun.

“He actually loves coming here (to the animal hospital.) He loves to pet all the cats and give all the dogs treats. He loves animals so much, it’s unbelievable.”

— Interview by Scott Schlaufman

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