NYT Prompt 017: The Little Things

Prompt: What are you grateful for?

I don’t tend to spend a lot of time dwelling on the things I’m grateful for, probably because like many people I take them for granted. Growing up, when I told people my parents were divorced, I was met with apologetic smiles and sympathetic pats, as if it were the worst thing in the world. Apparently there’s some studies done on children of divorce? I wouldn’t know though, because if anything I am grateful that my parents chose to split up rather than stay together.

I was raised with two distinctly different families: my father and step-mother on one hand, my mother and step-father on the other. All four of my parents mean the entire world to me and I wouldn’t trade them for anything, even all the money in the world. Perhaps I am more fortunate than others in that regard: I’ve been able to count on them for everything that a child needs from their parents. Support, love, understanding, all of it. Even the fighting and disagreements that are the wont of children and parents everywhere.

I am not only grateful, but I feel extremely blessed to have all of this in my life. My families have extremely different interests, so I am the perfect amalgam of two separate worlds. I was raised as a child of technology and as a child of the wilderness. I am a child of the city and a child of the country. I am a child of atheism and a child of Christianity. I know what it is to have money and what it is to not. Because my parents chose to go their own way, I have been able to fully enjoy the world and several different aspects of it. Because I am a child of divorce, I have learned many different angles of the world we live in and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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