"to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all."
|| Rosemary Gwendolyn "Rosie" Burton || 23 || Student (Illustration) /Waitress ||
|| Female || Heterosexual || 3 Months in Redwood ||
Average height, average build, only slightly underweight, average everything else. Though Rosie wouldn't believe it if anyone bothered to tell her, she is an attractive young woman. Her long, brown tresses are always lighter than usual due to the amount of time she spends outside walking to and from school. Often completely down or tied back in a bun, Rosie tends to avoid washing her thick hair unless she absolutely has to (or if some kind of paint gets in it. Even then...eh?) Her skin is nearly a ghostly pale, but she always gets a few freckles on her face and shoulders during the hot Louisiana summers. Rosie's brown eyes always look a little dreamy under her curly lashes, but that's mainly due to a lack of sleep every night which certainly shows in the dark circles under her eyes.
Some might say that Rosie has mastered the style of looking both casual and cute. Her main goal at all times to feel comfy and unburdened, which involves plenty of t-shirts, baggy pants, and overalls. Due to the fact that she is rather skinny, most clothes fit her very loosely, so most of the things she wears either need to have elastic or require a belt. She'll often be sporting a pair of boots or nice leather sandals, and wears a minimal amount of jewelry.
Creative || Intelligent || Laid back || Compassionate || Stubborn || Independent || Hardworking
Moving away from home is arguably the best thing to ever happen to Rosie. Once an introverted, withdrawn teenager in her hometown of Effing Nowhere, Louisiana, she certainly blossomed after her arrival in Silvervale. It was the people back home that made Rosie want to hide away inside a shell; their good-natured but small-minded behavior never made her feel safe. It was only when she got away from the small town life that she began to find herself, and what she discovered was this: she is an incredibly independent, opinionated, and strong woman. Though her talent in the arts had a helping hand, her stubbornness, drive, and ambition were the biggest factors in securing a spot at Silvervale University. She loves to learn new things and see new perspectives and thus, Rosie thrives in academic environments.
Though seemingly quiet and moody at first, she does love to talk and meet new people. Rosie simply must feel out a person before she can feel comfortable enough to show them the witty, funny, and wildly caring person that she is. At times she can be brutally honest, always with love, but has never been one to hold back what she thinks or feels. It's a rarity that she is ever in an actual bad mood, but if she is, a usually chatty girl becomes dark and broody until the mood passes over. Rosie is hardly critical of others, but very much so of herself. Simple mistakes can cost her quite a bit of time blaming herself and questioning all her life choices. It's one of those things she's working on fixing. But still, Rosie has a huge heart and cares very deeply about the people in her life. She'll do what it takes to make others feel comfortable and safe, making her a good person to befriend if genuine love is what you're asking for.
Rosie is an insomniac, and spends the majority of her time awake drawing or painting for herself or for school-related reasons. Her projects are always done on time because she has too much time on her hands, though she wishes this weren't the case. Associated with her insomnia is a somewhat bad smoking habit. This shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone who has met her family as it is mainly made up of chain smokers. Although she doesn't do it to the extreme of two or three packs a day, Rosie does habitually have a cigarette outside every couple of hours.
Rosie was born in a little town called Reuben, Mississippi to parents who already had four other children. Her father was a construction worker who often traveled out of town for work, and her mother was a nurse who slept most of the day and worked all night. From a young age, Rosie learned to be self-reliant and self-sufficient due to the absence of parental guidance. She and her siblings were left to not only take care of themselves, but find ways of entertainment to pass the time. Her two older brothers often played ball and ran around town with the other kids while her eldest sibling, her beautiful sister, busied herself with gossip and attention from boys. Rosie on the other hand was completely uninterested in playing with the other kids, and definitely wasn't all the intrigued by attention from boys. Reuben as a whole was completely boring, and it didn't help that her lacking presence in a playful setting made her the target of bullying by kids in town. Her daily routine usually consisted of biking over to her Grandma Lou's house to take advantage of the typical "grandma's house" storage consisting of crayons, paint, and plenty of coloring books. Grandma Lou, a former artist herself, was thrilled by her granddaughter's budding interest in art. Needless to say, it was only a matter of time before Rosie became the favorite grandchild. It was also only a matter of time before Grandma Lou became the only person Rosie trusted.
Her real passion began after receiving her first sketchbook as a present on her 10th birthday, from Grandma Lou of course. Much to her parents chagrin, Rosie spent most of her time outside of school holed up in her room drawing, drawing, drawing. It was the only way to escape from the world she detested so much. Though her grades in school were nearly perfect, her favor with school mates was failing hard. Rosie hardly had any friends save for very few likeminded people. Tensions often ran high with her mother and father, still hardly ever around to bother to get to know her. Unlike her siblings who either got married and had kids or went right into full time jobs, Rosie wanted to expand her knowledge and perfect her skill. She wanted to be an artist, an illustrator, and it was the complete opposite of what her parents wanted. Her grandmother was the only person she confided in because her parents had no interest in learning that their youngest had no intentions of living the typical, Reuben way of life. Towards the end of her high school career, she applied to several out of state art schools, paying for a lot of it with her own expenses she had saved up from working after school.
One blessed day she received a letter from Silvervale University informing her of her acceptance. Her parents were unhappy with the news and refused to pay for it. No one in her family had ever moved out of Reuben, but thankfully for Rosie, her Grandma Lou was there to save the day. Though old and retired, she offered to help Rosie pay for her to attend Silvervale with her savings. Since moving to Silvervale, the only person from home Rosie has kept in contact with is her grandmother, though she occasionally goes home for the holidays. She is now in her last year of school, and moved into Redwood not too long before the start of the fall semester.
Extra:Rosie has a lovely little, er, not so little orange tabby named Ziggy. He loves eating, sleeping, meowing for attention and treats, and sleeping some more.
(It's Lily Tomlin because I LOVE her.)