my family dynamic

Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now:

This prompt could either go really wrong or stay extremely bland. I’m going to go for the bland option. A lot of private family things have happened since my childhood that I can’t really post on the internet for everyone to see. So, I’ll just say this and keep it as simple as possible. I was born into a loving family on both sides. Obviously, we all have our problems. My family did their best to shield me from those problems. When I was born, I was born with one mom and one dad. Simple. They got divorced shortly after I turned one…maybe two. The weird thing is, none of my friends ever believed they were actually divorced.

Throughout my entire life, my parents have made it a point to stay close. They talk, they communicate, and they’ve always made it as easy as they could for my brother and I going back and forth. The only difference from my childhood, to now: I like to think I have two dads. M.O.D. (my other dad). You know who you are. You started dating my mom when I was 9 or 10 years old. We’ve been through a lot since then. I now see you as, well, my other dad. I don’t know what I would do without your support. I love you so, so much. One of these days I’ll write you the letter you deserve, but I know this alone will have you in tears. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for taking Keaton and me in as your own. You will always have a place in my life.

That’s it. That’s the only difference. I’m fortunate enough to have three parents. I don’t go a single day without being grateful for that. And it’s taught me a very important lesson: family isn’t reserved for blood—it’s reserved for those who love and respect you the way you do them.

-Kelsi

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