~Looking Back On My Childhood~

Jacksonville, Florida
November 14, 2015 10:58am CST
Looking back on my life I have recently realized that as much as I am not close with my parents or anything I know they did do the best they could for us. Not with how we were treated but with other things such as we always had a place to call home, we always had food to eat, we always had clothes on our backs, we always had a great Christmas, and we always had aunts/uncles/grandparents that we spent time with. There are so many people who cannot say that about their childhood so I feel Blessed. They did many things wrong-but what parent doesn't? We are not perfect people-no one is. And let's face it there's no parenting handbook! So, I am grateful for my childhood even though I was an unhappy child emotion wise. This month of Thanks I am thinking about all of the things I am grateful for and this is one that came to my mind. What are a couple things your grateful for?
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@much2say (32842)
• United States
14 Nov 15
I feel the same way about my parents. No matter what, they were good providers - we had all our basic necessities. They thought they made the best choices for their family at the time - just like we do for our own family. I was a big ball of emotions too - but I know I'm responsible for my own life now - I can't fix the past, but what I do from here on out is in my hands. How have you been - haven't seen you in a while!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
14 Nov 15
@much2say You and I sound very much alike with emotions and the way we look at the past now. I used to be bitter and angry about the past but as I have grown I realize it cannot be changed so there's really no point in stressing over it. We do make our own choices now-to be happy, to change what we do with our own children, etc. We have been okay, struggled for a little bit again but I think things are going to work out for us very soon. My husband got a job yesterday, we have a roof over our heads, food to eat, a bed to sleep in and love-I think I can say we are doing pretty good. How are you?
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@much2say (32842)
• United States
14 Nov 15
@LovingMyBabies I too was bitter and angry for a long time, and honestly I still have times where I think back on it and get those feelings again. But I have too many current things to stress over - time to make the most of our present and future. We can make our own choices about things now. Oh, I'm so glad things are looking up for you guys! Congrats on your husband getting a job - will continue to keep my fingers crossed for you guys! Like I said, I have some stresses going on here, but I just have to keep productive or I will go nuts. In any case, our basic necessities are met and then some - I have to be grateful for that.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Nov 15
I feel similarly about my childhood. I know that my parents loved us and did the best they could and we never really wanted for much when it came to material things. Emotionally was a different story.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Nov 15
@simone10 Yeah, we always had what we needed as well. I try to raise my kids better emotionally though-I don't want them to ever not be able to talk to me or ever doubt my love for them.
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@simone10 (22278)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Nov 15
@LovingMyBabies That's a wise choice. I always did that with my kids as well.
@yukimori (8554)
• United States
15 Nov 15
Right now, I'm grateful that I was hired for my current job. At first it was great because my husband and I are in the same department and the supervisor is very willing to work around our scheduling requirements so childcare isn't an issue. After being there a week, though, I'm realizing that I've learned more about managing my fibromyalgia symptoms than I would have imagined. It's shown me that I'm more than capable of having a 'real' job, and that in turn has allowed me to control the fibro rather than it controlling me and making me afraid of taking on too much. I'm also grateful for the handful of odd jobs that I picked up to do tomorrow. That extra income will be a nice boost this month.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Nov 15
@yukimori Congrats on the job and congrats for proving to yourself that your stronger than you thought! That is awesome. =)
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@just4him (81147)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Nov 15
I can say the same thing. They gave me all I needed. Emotionally is a different story.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Nov 15
@just4him Wow I did not realize so many people had the same situations with their parents. It is eye opening for me. I am raising mine to where they know they can come talk to me about anything and they will never doubt my love for them.
@jstory07 (57734)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Nov 15
My father was in the service for twenty years and I was lucky to have lived in Europe and Japan and got to see the world.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Nov 15
@jstory07 That is really cool that you were able to see the world. I have only been out of the country once and that was on a school trip.
@sugartoes (30931)
• Greencastle, Indiana
8 Dec 15
what am I grateful? for as a CHILD ? that I made it out alive as a adult ? that I'm the person I am from all I've been through in life from the day I was born till today I don't know if you have found or seen any of the chapters of my life as a child yet but I have 1-5 done if you are interested in what I've BEEN through.
@hlfbldmom (743)
• Philippines
28 Nov 15
I am so grateful or my family especially to my mother who raised us alone. She strive hard to give us what we need not everything but we have a home, foods on our table , clothes to wear and an education. I have a loving and a very supportuve family and I am so grateful for that. They are always there for me and my daughter and they always try to understand me even if I gave them to so much disappointments in the past.
@GardenGerty (87552)
• Marion, Kansas
23 Nov 15
I am thankful to be where I am today. I am thankful for family. You posted this on my brother's birthday, and I am thankful for him. He outgrew being a little pest.